The Destination Viking Association (DVA) Annual General Meeting took place in Caen, France between 22nd and 24th April, 2016. It was hosted by DVA member Les Vikings, An 911 and attended by 20 external participants from 10 Association members.
During the event, participants visited the Ornavik Medieval Village where they attended the official opening of a replica Viking house. This house is a replica of an actual Swedish house and its building was a collaborative project between 2 member organisations. A visit was also organised to the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry where participants were awed at the scale and detail of the tapestry depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England and a visit to Caen castle was also enjoyed. Participants were also welcomed to a tour and civic reception at William the Conqueror’s Men’s Abbey.
During the official business of the Annual General Meeting, the membership considered the Association’s annual report and accounts and upcoming activity report. The main focus of activity for 2016 onwards is progressing the work under the EU Creative Europe funded Follow The Vikings project, the main aim of which is to raise the visibility of Vikings and the Viking Cultural Route. It was also noted that the Association’s membership had increased from 36 members to 45 during 2015.