British Museum's Vikings Live to hit cinemas on April 24

By Ellen Harper | 17 April 2014

The British Museum is about to send its Vikings exhibition out on tour in the latest cinema spin-off for a major London exhibition



First there was Pompeii Live, the British Museum's foray into alternative cinema content, then the Royal Academy's Manet Portraying Life and, of course, the V&A's David Bowie Is...

Now historians Michael Wood and Bethany Hughes are set to present an addition to the recent trend, with the British Museum rolling out a "live broadcast" of its major Vikings exhibition.

Vikings Live will give cinema goers an exclusive "live" look into the life and culture of Vikings, as they are shown around the exhibition with the help of curators. 

Billed as an "exclusive private view", the experts will reveal artefacts such as weaponry and jewellery, many of which have never been seen in the UK prior to the exhibition.

The show, which also consists of pre-recorded elements including photography of Viking objects, reconstructions and a dramatic Viking burial at night fall, is being rolled out in hundreds of cinemas across the UK, starting on April 24.

Perhaps this latest example of museums using live video technology to stream their exhibitions will secure a future for the cinematic exhibition experience - especially for those outside the capital.

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