The British Museum will present Vikings Live from the British Museum, supported by BP, to cinemas across the UK including Theatr Mwldan, on April 24, 7pm.
Vikings Live will offer cinema audiences an exclusive live guided tour of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, the British Museum’s first major exhibition on the Vikings in more than 30 years.
Vikings Live will be introduced by the Museum’s Director, Neil MacGregor and presented by the celebrated television historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes. Exhibition curator Gareth Williams and leading world experts will take cinema audiences through the exhibition, getting up close to objects and exploring the global contacts, ships and swords, burials and beliefs of the Viking Age as well as examining the Vikings’ enduring language and legacy.
The live broadcast will be followed by Viking Adventures from the British Museum, also supported by BP, a pre-recorded cinema event on June 6 at 10.15am for schools and families.
The exhibition and cinema broadcasts focus on the core period of the Viking Age, from the late 8th century to the early 11th century.
The extraordinary Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean.
Objects include recently excavated skeletons from a mass grave of executed Vikings in Dorset, armour and weapons. But there is also fine jewellery, sculpture and metalwork which was traded as well as raided across the globe.
At the centre of the exhibition and Vikings Live is Roskilde 6, the longest Viking ship ever found.
Viking Adventures from the British Museum will be a lively and interactive film, designed for a schools and family audience.
Schools will be able to visit Theatr Mwldan on June 6,10.15am, to see Viking Adventures as a family show or with their school. Viking Adventures will be tailor-made for 7-11 year olds keen to discover more about life in the Viking Age. . This cinema event will build on the success of last year’s Pompeii Live for schools and will be presented by CBBC presenter, Ed Petrie, who presented Pompeii Live for schools, and Sonali Shah who presented BBC’s Newsround for five years.