Viking enthusiasts will be invading the University of Birmingham next month to discover the latest findings in Nordic research.
The Midlands Viking Symposium will bring together academics and members of the public to hear talks from some of the country's leading researchers about the 'Traders, Raiders, Drinkers and Thinkers' who made an impact on medieval Europe.
The day-long event, to be held on April 29, will be led by specialists from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester who are leading research into how Viking communities inter-acted within Scandinavia and native populations in other regions, including the Midlands.
Topics being discussed will include commerce, travel, mythology, language and material culture such as coins and grave goods.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience life in Viking society re-enacted by actors in full costume demonstrating the crafts and skills of the period.
Professor Judith Jesch, co-founder of the University of Nottingham's Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, hopes to build on the success of last year's event held in Nottingham.
"Many people find the Vikings a fascinating part of our history," said Prof Jesch.
"They are renowned for their colourful culture and aggressive reputation and travelled much further across their known world than any other European explorers."
Prof Jesch's colleague, Dr Christina Lee, will be one of the speakers.
"The symposium aims to make latest research in the field accessible to a larger audience, and open up the debate between scholars to a wider public," said Dr Lee, from the University of Nottingham's English Studies Department.
"An interest in Vikings is the only qualification that's required."
The Midlands Viking Symposium 2006 is being held on Saturday April 29, in the Arts Building on the University of Birmingham's main Edgbaston campus.
The cost of £27 includes handouts, refreshments and lunch. n For more information email Dr Chris Callow at the University of Birmingham at: email@example.com