Well-known known TV presenter and author Neil Oliver was in Northumberland last week to film a new BBC TV documentary about the Vikings.
The Vikings came from Scandinavia and raided parts of Britain in the 8th century. The word Viking actually means pirate raider and the Vikings were just that: raiders, warriors, and men of violence who attacked Britain’s shores. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne was raided by the Vikings, who were after some of the precious artifacts in the monastery on the island.
Neil explained that Lindisfarne Priory is one of the most tranquil destinations along North East England’s coast. “It’s somewhere that I have a strong attachment to and I love spending time there, so it was great to get the opportunity to visit the Priory and Holy Island again for the filming of the new show. It’s hard to imagine that once-upon-a-time the peace was shattered when it was raided by the Vikings!
“We’re very much looking forward to the show being broadcast and hope that viewers will enjoy getting an insight into just who the legendary Vikings were.”
Neil’s next documentary will explore the facts and myths behind the Vikings. The show will see him travel the world in search of the people and culture behind the legend. And so last week it was time to stop off at Lindisfarne Priory where the popular television presenter, who presents the BBC history documentary A History of Ancient Britain, was filming scenes at the stunning Priory to discover more about its Viking history.
Lindisfarne Priory is rich when it comes to Viking history and Viking connections. The Viking raiders tore through the island in the 8th Century AD, when the rich monastery on isolated Holy Island was easy prey.
English Heritage’s Caroline Sinclair said: “It was great to welcome Neil and the BBC crew to Lindisfarne Priory to film scenes for the new documentary and here at English Heritage, we are very excited for the show to be aired this autumn.
“We’d encourage people to come and visit Lindisfarne Priory, now open every day, and see for themselves just how spectacular the site is. The fascinating on-site museum tells the 1300 year history of the Priory and includes the Viking Raiders stone, depicting the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793.”
The Viking Raiders will return to Lindisfarne Priory this summer in what is expected to be one of English Heritage’s biggest events programme yet. The event will be a special week-long Viking extravaganza (6 – 12 August). Visitors can see Viking boat and its crew at close range. On Aug/ 11 – 12 there will be a special Viking Raiders event, with the fearsome invaders storming the Priory and then full-scale bloody battle from the Viking re-enactors.