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Volunteers to work on Viking longhouse 25 July 2008

Volunteers who are studying for their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards will spend a week working on a replica Viking longhouse that is under construction at Ardwhallan, West Baldwin.Viking longhouse

Eight young people who are working towards gold and silver awards will stay at Ardwhallan, the Department of Education's outdoor education centre, from Monday 4 August.

They will carry out work on the traditional roof of the longhouse, tying in the rafters to the main beams using natural hemp rope and oak pegs, construct the gable ends and complete general maintenance tasks.

The longhouse will provide a taste of life in the Island 1,000 years ago to schools, which will use the homestead for living history lessons, with pupils cooking, tending to livestock and making clothes.

Scottish Provident International Life Assurance has been involved in the Department of Education project since the early planning stage and its staff have carried out hands-on work and fund-raising.

It is hoped the longhouse will be completed by the end of September this year and the turfing by July 2009.

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