VIKINGS have come to Northwich in a new exhibition exploring their history.

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse is holiding the ‘Reap and Tillage’ exhibition until May 2.

Devastating raids by the Vikings on the east coast of England in the 8th century led to their conquest of almost half the country. Cheshire’s experience was very different with most Viking activity being peaceable and beneficial.

A coin mint flourished in Chester and trade links with other Viking settlements around the Irish Sea made the city wealthy and prosperous.

This exhibition explores the Viking heritage of Cheshire, looking at why they came here, how they lived and the evidence they left behind.

Matt Wheeler, museum curator, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity of displaying such a varied collection.

“It really brings this fascinating period of history to life.”

Admission to the exhibition, which includes exhibits loaned from national museums, is free.

Illustrated talks on the subject will take place on March 16 and 30, and there will be Viking related children’s activities in February and Easter.

For more information ring 01606 271640.