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VIKINGS LIVE FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM <span>(2014)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 89

Release dates 02/06/2014

BBFCInsight mild violence, references to violence

Genre(s) Documentary

Director(s) John Rooney

Cast includes Not known

Summary This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend in the company of world experts, presented live in your local cinema. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, the exhibition will be brought to life by curators Gareth Williams and Tom Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy. The exhibition is the first on the Viking world at the British Museum for over 30 years. Audiences will discover new ideas about the Vikings - people who were not just deadly raiders and pillagers but also peaceful traders, who sailed the seas of the world and whose thought- world was full of living gods of poetry and war. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long warship, the longest ever found. The Viking ship was a marvel of engineering and during the live broadcast craftsmen from the National Maritime Museum will construct the prow of a great Viking ship, to show what made these vessels so spectacular - built for speed, endurance and deadly beauty. A replica sailing ship will be installed in front of the Museum a dramatic Viking burial.will be staged as night falls. Through our languages, our poetry, names and place names - even in our DNA - we can see how many of us can be connected across time to the Vikings. With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a live, torch-lit burial in the grounds of the Museum, the broadcast of Vikings Live will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 23/05/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

VIKINGS LIVE FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM is a documentary of the museum's newest exhibition about the Vikings featuring new artefact discoveries and reconstructions of Viking life.


Mild violence includes dramatic reconstruction of Viking warriors fighting and swords clashing, and the aftermath of a battle showing a warrior with spears embedded in him, but without blood. References to violence include Vikings setting out to plunder and loot, to massacre and slaughter, and to warrior names such as 'skullsplitter' and 'bloody-axe', but there are no visuals to accompany these descriptions.

The film also contains descriptive uses of 'bloody' and mild threat.



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