IRISH LIFE VIKING ADVENTURE
I first worked as a viking for 3 years, starting in 1988, with the Irish Life Viking Adventure. The Viking Adventure was made possible by the sponsorship of Irish Life to celebrate Dublin’s millennium. The concept was designed by the National Museum under the guidance of Dr Patrick Wallace, the Director, who led the original archaeological dig at Wood Quay.
Bhí sé seo ina sráidbhaile Lochlannach a tógadh sa lusca Eaglais Naomh Audoen’s, An tSráid Ard. Tá an táirgeadh ar siúl ar feadh 4 bliana. Bhí spreag an tionscadal agus faoi stiúir an Dr Patrick F. Wallace a bhí ina Stiúrthóir ar an Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann ó 1988. Sular ceapadh é an seandálaí bhí sé i gceannas ar an Mhúsaeim tochailtí ar Ché Adhmaid – Sráid Sheamlas an Éisc i mBaile Átha Cliath. Ba iad sin na cinn is mó d’aois tochailtí Lochlannach uirbeacha riamh in iarthar na hEorpa nó ó thuaidh.
This was a viking village constructed in the crypt of St Audoen’s Church, High Street. The production ran for 4 years. The project was inspired and directed by Dr Patrick F. Wallace who has been the Director of the National Museum of Ireland since 1988. Before his appointment he was the archaeologist in charge of the Museum’s excavations at Wood Quay – Fishamble Street in Dublin. These were the largest Viking age urban excavations ever undertaken in western or northern Europe.
It was these excavations that gave life to Ragnar.
In 2009, a project to make a model of the town of Dublin and the battlefield of Clontarf in the year 1014 was devised and directed by Iain Barber under the umbrella of the Heritage in Schools Scheme. It was built almost entirely by children between 6 and 12, with some necessary adult coordination, artistic contribution, finishing, moving and set-up by the Heritage committee in Lanesborough. Measuring 16 feet by 12 feet, the 16 3′ x 4′ boards were assembled upstairs in St Marys Hall beside the bridge over the Shannon in Lanesborough. It was put on public display during and after Heritage Week in August of that year. A minimal amount of photo-shop was used to tidy the town buildings. The battle scenes were largely done with Computer Assisted Imagery (CAI).
Iain has worked all over the country as a reenactor and presenter of Living History for the last 20 years and is now one of the team of Heritage Experts working with the Heritage in Schools scheme, a brainchild of the INTO / Heritage Council partnership.