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MNH Launch Viking Bead Design Competition 12 February 2008

With all 150 places on Manx National Heritage’s Viking Bead Making Workshops fully booked and workshops now underway, Manx National Heritage has extended the opportunity for children to participate in this unique experience through the launch of new competition. Pagan Lady Necklace

The competition invites children to design their very own Viking style bead using inspiration from an ancient Viking Lady’s necklace which can be seen on display in the new Viking and Medieval Gallery at the Manx Museum.

The necklace consists of a collection of over 50 beads, mostly made of plain glass (white, red, yellow, green, orange and blue), coloured patterned glass, and a few others made of amber and jet. Their shapes also vary - round, square, rectangular, oval, flower-shaped, melon-shaped, spiralled and grooved beads are all represented.

Anthea Young, Education Services Officer for Manx National Heritage said:

“The winning entries to this unique competition will be recreated by Manx glass artist, Julie Anne Denton, who is demonstrating at the children’s bead making workshops at the House of Manannan and was also previously commissioned by Manx National Heritage to make a replica of the ancient Viking Lady’s necklace for display in the Viking and Medieval Gallery at the Manx Museum”.
Julie Anne DentonEntries to the bead design competition will be judged by Julie Anne, who in addition to recreating the Viking Lady’s necklace, has previously been commissioned to create beads for Tate Britain, and has studied with and worked for some of the best glass artists in the World.
Julie Anne said:
“I hope that the both workshops and Bead Design competition will inspire children to explore glass making, its versatility and its importance in history. It will be fascinating to see the designs submitted to the competition and even more fascinating to take up the challenge of recreating the three winning entries”.
Both children and teenagers are invited to participate in the competition, which has three age categories: 5 to 8 years old, 9 to 12 years old and 13 to 16 years old.

The deadline for entries in Sunday 6th April 2008 and entry forms can be obtained by from the Manx Museum and House of Manannan, which are open daily from 10am to 5pm (Manx Museum is closed on Sundays).

Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

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