For the first time in almost a thousand years, the Vikings are back and are setting up camp at Ufton Nervet.
Unlike their pillaging ancestors, however, this time they will be teaching children about history in a new Viking longhouse, which has just been given planning permission.
It is the work of children’s charity Ufton Court Educational Trust, with the longhouse set to be built on the court’s grounds.
The aim for it is to inspire children to get passionate about history, and more than 200,000 young visitors are expected to attend over the next 20 years.
It will form part of a Viking village at Ufton Court, on which work has already begun.
The trust is now looking to raise £750,000 to fund the longhouse, with the aim of beginning construction in around 18 months time.
Fiona Craig, managing director of Ufton Court, said: “We are delighted that our dreams of building a Viking longhouse are inching towards becoming a reality. We work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to raise their aspiration and attainment.
“We aim to offer the best history experiences and this building will create an environment and inspirational learning space that will encourage the lively exchange of ideas, openness, and enables children to develop key life skills in an incredibly inspiring space.”
The longhouse was designed by property consultants Barton Willmore to be as authentic as possible. Planning partner Robin Shepherd said: “It’s not very often we are asked to secure planning for a Viking longhouse.
“We are delighted to be working closely with Ufton Court and supporting the amazing work they do.
“This exciting new project will provide an inspirational space where children can benefit from powerful learning experiences that broaden and enrich their lives.”