In this clip the presenter describes what living in a Viking longhouse was like. Longhouses were usually made of wood, stone or earth and turf, which kept out the cold better. They had no chimney or windows, so smoke from the open fire drifted out through the roof. Beds and benches lined the walls, and other features included lamps for light, heather bedding, wall hangings and rugs for warmth. In the winter animals slept inside too.

First broadcast:
28 November 2008

Children can research and compare a Saxon and Viking village. Children could write a diary as a day in the life of a Viking child or adult. Using the information shown, children try to show how they would feel about their longhouse and who they share it with (animals too). Children could create their own 'House For Sale' leaflet, ensuring they include features which would be important to a Viking family. This clip is useful to further pupil's own research into the Vikings.