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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Film tells history of 92-coin Furness Viking hoard

A NEW documentary featuring graphic re-enactments is set to transport viewers back to the times when marauding Vikings ruled the Furness peninsula.

The short film will form a key part of the highly-anticipated Viking gallery when it officially launches at the Dock Museum in Barrow next month.

Filmed by Dalton-based videographer Stuart Appley, of Comely Media, the five-minute documentary details the history behind the 92-coin Viking hoard.

The video is the latest addition to the growing exhibition which, as well as the hoard, will also house a replica longboat and three bronze axes.

Museum collections and exhibitions manager Sabine Skae said the excitement was building among both staff and local history buffs ahead of the opening.

“What’s lovely about the film is that it tells the story really well,” she said.

“Also, the coins themselves are really small, so the film allows you to see them a lot better.

“Stuart really goes into detail on some of the individual rulers that you can see on the coins, so I think it helps explain the hoard.

“You want to have a variety of different ways of telling the story so that everybody hopefully can enjoy the gallery.”

Mr Appley, who started Comely Media 18 months ago, said he felt privileged to play a part in the new gallery.

The 24-year-old said he had always had an interest in history and was proud to be involved in such a significant moment for the museum.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, I feel very proud and privileged to be part of it actually,” he said.

“It will be the first major place that’s had one of my videos on display on display in a museum for the public to see.”

Mr Appley filmed actors from the Herlid Vikings as they re-enacted the storming of beaches, great battles and hunted wild boar.

“I contacted Terry Harvey-Chadwick (from the Herlid Vikings), who has done a lot of events at the Dock Museum, and he brought some people down for filming,” he said.

The Viking gallery opens on Saturday, February 9.

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