Iain Barber

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History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography)
Counties catered for:
Classes catered for:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Iain Barber, aka - Ragnar Olafsson is a greybeard, third-generation, Dublin Viking and he's been touring the castles, museums and schoolrooms of Ireland for many years! Ragnar takes the children on an exciting historical adventure covering C8th Scandinavia to C11th Dublin.

He examines the Vikings - their gods, settlements, trade patterns, towns, diet, crafts and their marauding ways. Iain originally worked as a teacher and originally appeared as Ragnar in the Irish Life Viking Adventure in the 1980s. Iain has also made exact replicas of Stone Age and Bronze Age pots for the National Museum, the Hunt Museum and the Ulster Museum.


  • "Iain brought a wide range of Viking artefacts which where very enjoyable for the children. Children were given lots of chance to handle objects which generated much interest and discussion. The classroom segment was delivered in a dramatic manner and engaged the children well."
  • "Fantastic visit - children loved handling artefacts. Very knowledgeable Viking expert. Lovely gentleman to deal with. Definitely have him back."
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  • "Spoke to the children at a level they could understand. Very knowledgeable, brought history to life and explained his character fully. great collection of historical artifacts available for the children to handle. Would have him back in a heartbeat." - |Zion Parish Primary School
  • "The children loved the day and learned lots."

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
01 490 9795
086 1016 159

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