I was really impressed by the level of professionalism that had gone into this place. I was aware of the redevelopment of the museum as a local project run by volunteers and I think everyone was expecting something quite amateurish as a result. But the opposite is true. The display boards are laid out very clearly and provide a load of information as you first walk in. The back room is full of gravestones which are mounted and lit really well, with accompanying text explanation.
One thing I would say is that it's small. If the word "Museum" makes you picture something like the Liverpool Museum you'll be in for a shock! It is basically two small rooms. If you were to skim the text and only take a quick glance at the artefacts you could be in and out in ten minutes so don't plan a day just around the Museum!
But what these people have done deserves more respect than a quick ten minutes. Set aside an hour and have a proper read of all the information which has been painstakingly prepared. Study the artefacts properly and you'll get more enjoyment when you think about how they were chiselled out of the rock nearly a thousand years ago. I love local history and this place made a real connection for me.
There's an added bonus if the church is open. The Viking Hogback stone in there is really the prize of the collection and it's a shame it's not in the museum itself.
Overall, it's great. Combine it with a walk round the old town (which you'll have learnt about in the Museum) and it's a brilliant afternoon out.
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