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Follow the Vikings Project Launched

Published: 15 July 2015

Steering Committee at the launch meeting. Image by Austin Taylor. Steering Committee at the launch meeting. Image by Austin Taylor.ZoomThe €3.92 million Follow The Vikings project was successfully launched in Lerwick on Friday 10th July. Twenty-eight delegates from the 14 partners participated in the first Steering Committee and contributed enthusiastically to the planning for the various project work packages.

Jimmy Moncrieff, Chair of the Steering Committee and Destination Viking Association, said, “This is an auspicious start for the project. All the project partners were represented at the meeting and participated in the lively discussions regarding the work ahead. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Shetland Islands Council and VisitScotland for hosting a civic reception for the delegates whilst they were here in Shetland.”

The Steering Committee meeting was held in the same week that the Project Manager was also appointed. Helen Smith will take up the position on 17th August and, with her extensive project management experience, will be responsible for co-ordinating the various strands of the project.

The next Steering Group meeting will be held in Foteviken, Sweden coinciding with the first Project Seminar focussing on teaching techniques, including the use of living history, oral presentations and story-telling.

For further details or comments on the project please contact Jimmy Moncrieff, Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland, UK, ZE1 0NY. Tel. 0044 1595 694688. E-mail: catrina@shetlandamenity.org