Follow the Vikings events

Follow the Vikings events

Seminar: Presenting the Vikings

Foteviken Museum, Sweden
Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Saturday, November 21, 2015
Presenting the Vikings (WP2.1 &2.3), didactic issues and oral presentations and WP5 – Planning the Roadshow for The Vikings are Coming.

Foteviken Museum has for many years been at the centre of experiments in developing expertise in living history techniques for the presentation of the Vikings and their story.  As a centre of excellence, it will bring together  international experts on Viking culture and live interpretation to draw together best-practices in didactic issues and oral presentations for the benefit of the network as a whole.

If you wish to participate, please submit your registration using the Registration form.

 

Tuesday 17 November

  • Arrival day for steering group members.

Wednesday 18 November

  • Arrival day for seminar participants.
  • 09:00 - 18:00
    Steering group meeting (project partners only).
  • 19:30
    Dinner

Thursday 19 November

Seminar day 1 topic: How do we meet the audience?

  • 09:30 - 09:35
    Welcome to the EU project Follow the Vikings. Seminar opening.
    Speaker: Jimmy Moncrieff, chair of Destination Viking Association and head of Shetland Amenity Trust
  • 09:35 - 09:45
    Welcome to Region Scania.
    Speaker: Martin Andrén, Head of Cultural Heritage, Region Scania
  • 09:45 - 10:00
    What is live interpretation and why use it?
    Speaker: Tony Jackson, Professor Emeritus of Educational Theatre, University of Manchester
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    Walking signposts? Children's entertainers? Re-enactors? What to do with people in historic costume at tourist sites.
    Speaker: Chris Gidlow, Live Interpretation manager of Britain's Historic Royal Palaces
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:00 - 11:20
    Vikings and their horns - the theatre of king Gustav III of Sweden and the myths about Vikings.
    Speaker: Sven Rosborn, archaeologist and director of Pilemedia
  • 11:20 - 11:40
    Didactic and methodical approaches and the use of volunteers.

    Speaker: Anne-Christin Larsen, curator National Museum of Denmark
  • 11:40 - 12:00
    "It's all about the audience" - How audience research might inform our practice, looking at key findings from the "Performance, Learning & Heritage" research project.
    Speaker: Tony Jackson, Professor Emeritus of Educational Threatre, University of Manchester
  • 12:00 - 12:50
    Lunch
  • 12:50 - 13:40
    Guided Tour of Foteviken Museum.
    Guide: Sven Rosborn, various craftsmen in the Viking town.
  • 13:40 - 14:00
    Introduction to the workshops. Developing a role and character.
    Speakers: Andrew Ashmore, director Andrew Ashmore & Associates (live interpretation specialists)
                      Steve Howe, Actor-interpreter, National Trust: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire.
  • 14:00 - 14:15
    Coffee break
  • 14:15 - 15:00
    Workshop A: "And the walls came tumbling down" - developing a historical character. From research to interactive performance to adult audiences.
    Organised by: Andrew Ashmore, director Andrew Ashmore & Associates (live interpretation specialists)

    Workshop B: "Becoming the story" - working with young people exploring historical themes through role play and storytelling. Implications for working with adults.
    Organised by: Steve Howe, Actor-interpreter, National Trust: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire.

  • 15:00 - 15:15
    Coffee break
  • 15:15 - 16:00
    Workshop A: "And the walls came tumbling down" - developing a historical character. From research to interactive performance to adult audiences.
    Organised by: Andrew Ashmore, director Andrew Ashmore & Associates (live interpretation specialists)

    Workshop B: "Becoming the story" - working with young people exploring historical themes through role play and storytelling. Implications for working with adults.
    Organised by: Steve Howe, Actor-interpreter, National Trust: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire.

  • 16:00 - 16:20
    About the focus on the Viking Age at Sagnlandet Lejre,
    Speaker: Lars Holten, director of Sagnlandet Lejre
  • 16:20 - 16:40
    The importance of finding the historic authenticity. Plastic helmets with horn should not be the image of Vikings.
    Speaker: Lars G Nilsson, information director of Vikingaliv.
  • 16:40 - 17:00
    Building a new Viking centre, Gudvangen Norway.
    Speaker: Torill Hylland, chair of Gudvangen.
  • 17:00 - 17:20
    'In Defence of Inauthentic Vikings: Lessons from Early Re-enactments in England' - The history of Viking re-enactments in England.
    Speaker: Dr Chris Tuckley
  • 17:20 - 17:40
    About Arn - how did it turn out.
    Speaker: Anja Praesto, Cultural Heritage marketing manager, Östra Götalands Museum
  • 17:40 - 18:00
    The movies about Arn.
    Speaker: Christian Arnet, Director Svea Television
  • 19:30
    Mingle
  • 20:00
    Dinner - Viking feast.
    Show - Songs, dances and quiz used as mediation forms in Viking feasts.
    Organised by: Terje Bøe, Marit Synnøve Vea, Monica Dimitrova, Lofotr Viking Museum and the Avaldsnes project.

Friday 20 November

Seminar day 2 topic: Time Travelling - working with school groups.

  • 09:30 - 09:50
    Not for the schools, rather with the schools.
    Speaker: Jesse-Lee Costa Dollerup, museum educator Museum Vestsjælland
  • 09:50 - 10:10
    Time travel with school children.
    Speaker: Gun Bjurberg, manager Gunnes gård (City of Upplands Väsby)
  • 10:10 - 10:30
    Story Construction. How do we create a story?
    Speaker: Thomas Aune Olsen, Storyteller at Fotevikens Museum
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:00 - 11:20
    Empirical learning at Dublinia.
    Speakers: Sheila Dooley, Education officer and Curator
                      Fidelma Yore, Training Co-Ordinator
  • 11:20 - 11:40
    The old landscape laws with a twist.
    Speakers: Kathrine Brandstrup Vestergaard, museum educator Museum Vestsjælland
                      Ea Stevns Matzon, head of dissemination Museum Vestsjælland
  • 11:40 - 12:00
    Presenting mythology to visitors.
    Speaker: Paula Wilson, director Rosala Vikingcenter
  • 12:00 - 12:20
    Medieval culture in the public eye: Snorri's home in Reykholt.
    Speaker: Sigrún Guttormsdóttir Þormar, chairman Iceland Saga Trail Association
  • 12:20 - 13:20
    Lunch
  • 13:20 - 13:40
    The Saga story and landscape. What we do and what we plan to do.
    Speaker: Tore Einar, Sør-Troms Museum
  • 13:40 - 14:00
    Schoolchildren as archaeologists: using hands on activities to explore the Vikings (Kathryn Creed)
    Cluaran ... Pict, Monk, Scot,Viking (Alex McNeill)
    Speaker: Katrhyn Creed (10 mins)
                    Alex McNeill (10 mins)
  • 14:00 - 14:20
    Romaria Viking Theatre week.
    Speaker: Francisco Candela, Concello de Catoira.
  • 14:20 - 14:40
    Museums without Boundaries: the Vikings in the Viking Triangle 
  • Speaker: Eamonn McEneaney, Director | Waterford Treasures - Three Museums in the Viking Triangle 
  • 14:40 - 14:50
    Coffee break
  • 14:50 - 15:10
    How to get the audience and get them involved. Introduction to the workshops.
    Speakers: Emily Capstick, creative director of Peoplescape Theatre, writer, actor and director
                        Chris Cade, MA (educational threatre), freelance actor & storyteller
  • 15:10 - 15:25
    Coffee break
  • 15.25 - 16:10
    Workshop C: Working with young people in museum settings - issues of relationships with visitors, hierarchy and accessibility - applied theatre techniques in performance.
    Organised by: Emily Capstick, creative director of Peoplescape Theatre, writer, actor and director

    Workshop D: "Reliving Arthur Walker's Great War" - developing performance from documentary evidence & follow-up with school audiences.
    Organised by: Chris Cade, MA (educational threatre), freelance actor & storyteller

  • 16:15 - 16:30
    Coffee break
  • 16:30 - 17:15
    Workshop C: Working with young people in museum settings - issues of relationships with visitors, hierarchy and accessibility - applied theatre techniques in performance.
    Organised by: Emily Capstick, creative director of Peoplescape Theatre, writer, actor and director

    Workshop D: "Reliving Arthur Walker's Great War" - developing performance from documentary evidence & follow-up with school audiences.
    Organised by: Chris Cade, MA (educational threatre), freelance actor & storyteller

  • 17:15 - 18:00
    Panel, summary.
  • 19:30
    Mingle
  • 20:00
    Dinner

Saturday 21 November

  • 11:00 - 15:30
    Technical visits (project & associated partners only).
  • Departure day.

Destination Viking is a new travel experience concept. Partners from a number of countries have come together to develop a borderless tourism destination focusing on the Viking world.

Quality is a key word for Destination Viking - as a visitor you expect quality at every level, and we will deliver it. Quality means quality of activities, quality of presentations, quality of workmanship, quality of sites, quality of food, quality of souvenirs. In short: quality experience!