Human remains to go on display as Norfolk museum prepares to go medieval with exhibition

Jorvik Group is bringing its Medieval Medicine exhibition to Great Yarmouth next year. Picture: Jorv

Jorvik Group is bringing its Medieval Medicine exhibition to Great Yarmouth next year. Picture: Jorvik Group - Credit: Jorvik Group

Have you ever pondered over just what creatures dwelled inside the stomachs of Vikings?

Are you intrigued by the notion of a duck’s bill being prescribed for medical ailments?

A touring history group is aiming to satisfy these curiosities by placing all the guts and gore of medieval times under the microscope at a Norfolk museum next year.

The Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth has been selected as the first destination for the Jorvik Group’s Medieval Medicine exhibition.

The exhibition, which will spend six months in the museum, will provide visitors a glimpse into the medicinal ways of the Middle Ages, with a variety of exhibits and artefacts.

Philip Miles, exhibitions officer for the Time and Tide, said the exhibition would include real human skeletons, showing the effects illnesses had on the body during this period, including leprosy, plague and syphilis.

He added: “Although the topics sound quite gruesome, the exhibition has been designed to be family friendly and will include many interactive hands-on sections allowing younger visitors to learn about the medical practices of the period.”

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It will also include contributions from Horrible Histories author Terry Deary and will feature a section with medieval medicine stories relation to the Great Yarmouth area.

While the full contents remain a mystery - for now - a report to Great Yarmouth’s area museums committee reveals further gory details.

It says: “Other additions such as audio and atmospheric smells will be included where appropriate.”

Mr Miles added: “We are delighted to be working with the Jorvik Group in bringing this exciting new exhibition to Great Yarmouth next year.

“It is a very appropriate topic for us seeing as the museum is based just a short distance away from part of the medieval town wall.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday, March 30 until Sunday, September 22 2019, with entrance included in the normal museum charges.

There will also be a series of events, school activities and workshops centred around the exhibition.

Meanwhile, the museum’s latest exhibition - Circus! Show of Shows! - exploring the 250-year history of the circus opens this Saturday.