Saxon Gallery: The making of the kingdom of Wessex

Full of beautiful jewellery and battle-scarred weapons that tell of alliances and conflict between the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia.

This gallery tells the story of King Alfred and his fight-back against Viking Invaders at the decisive Battle of Edington. It also features gold and garnet jewellery that belonged to a Saxon Abbess who lived at the time when Christianity was brought to Wiltshire and one of the first English shillings made of gold.

Activities at Home

Play our Saxon Board Game

Download and print our Saxon and Viking Board game

Alternatively, use ours as inspiration to create your own board game!

Copyright: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society