Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man stop for Norse heritage project

MS Nybakk Venner Image copyright MS Nybakk Venner
Image caption The Thing Project exhibition will be on display on the MS Nybakk Venner as the boat sails from Norway via Shetland and various Scottish ports

A floating museum will arrive in the Isle of Man from Orkney later this month as part of a Norse heritage tour called the Viking Thing Trail 2014.

The MS Nybakk Venner exhibition will dock in Peel harbour on 14 June.

The Thing Trail, an EU-funded project, highlights the historical links between Norway, Iceland, Faroes, Shetland, Orkney, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

It aims to promote understanding of Thing sites -ancient Norse meeting places- around the world.

'Disputes settled'

The word Things comes from the Old Norse word þing, meaning assembly - an early system of justice and administration.

A spokesman from Manx National Heritage said: "When the Vikings arrived in a new place they brought with them their customs and legal systems.

"Thing assemblies were where political decisions were made, laws upheld and disputes settled - they acted as meeting places and were often the focus for trade and religious activity."

Thing sites existed throughout the Viking world, with some still in existence today- Tynwald Hill in St John's is the venue for an annual sitting of the Manx Parliament.

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