At one time the Wirral was a mini-state with its own language – the old Viking language called Old Norse. Eleven hundred years ago when the Viking settlers arrived in the Wirral they would have seen cranes on a sandbank. “Tran” is their word for a crane and “mere” is a sandbank – hence Tranmere. Were your ancestors really Vikings? Professor Stephen Harding, Professor of Applied Biology at the University of Nottingham, will reveal the DNA connecting us with the past.