Summer 2014:

Here are details of Summer 2014 Study Days.  Click here for the current Study Days .

April 26th

The Prittlewell Prince
(Professor Chris Scull, FSA MIfA)
In 2003 archaeologists from the Museum of London excavated a richly-furnished chamber grave at Prittlewell, near Southend in Essex, the first intact Anglo-Saxon princely grave to be excavated since the Sutton Hoo ship burial in 1939 . Work to publish this internationally-important find is now nearly complete and the Study Day will present the latest research, interpreting the burial and defining its local and wider contexts.
May 10thGareth WilliamsMore details Vikings: Life and Legend
(Dr Gareth Williams, British Museum)
The name ‘Vikings’ comes with many images attached in the popular imagination, from savage warriors in horned helmets to intrepid explorers whose voyages spanned four continents. But what do we really know about them? Gareth Williams, curator of the exhibition ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ at the British Museum, explores recent thinking on different aspects of the Vikings and their world, as seen through a mixture of history, literature and material culture.
Full – please email to be added to the waiting list.
May 17thwaylandMore details Wayland the Wonder-Smith
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
A new look at the once well-known Old English legend of Wéland, Lord of Elves, in the golden light of the art-treasures from Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard.
May 31stswordMore details The Sword in Early Mediaeval Europe
(Steve Pollington & Paul Mortimer, Independent Scholars)
A wide-ranging survey of swords in Anglo-Saxon England and Northern Europe, including their use, their manufacture and their social significance. The day will be illustrated by modern reproductions including blades made by the pattern-welding and other techniques.
June 7thshillingMore details Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England
(Dr Rory Naismith, University of Cambridge)
Coinage is one of the richest sources for Anglo-Saxon England, telling us much about authority and culture as well as economy. We shall look at the evolution of Anglo-Saxon money, and how it came to be one of the greatest legacies left to subsequent generations. We will also consider how and why coinage was made, as well as why spending a penny in Anglo-Saxon England could be a major expense.
June 21stsagaMore details Old Norse Heroic Poetry
(Dr Heather O’Donoghue, University of Oxford)
Old Norse-Icelandic poets turned the stories of the Germanic heroic age – about such figures as Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Attila the Hun, Brynhildr the Valkyrie or Ermanaric the Goth – into powerfully dramatic verse. This study day will focus on these remarkable and influential poems.
June 28thbotolphMore details St Botolph the Exorcist
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
The day before the eve of his festival in the Orthodox calendar (30th June), we shall attempt to trace the largely forgotten history of this famous but little known saint through the literature, art, archaeology, and landscapes associated with him and his cult.
July 5thOpen EyeMore details East Anglia from late prehistory to the Anglo-Saxon period: continuities and changes.
(Dr Daphne Nash Briggs & Dr Stephen Oppenheimer, University of Oxford)
Dr Oppenheimer starts with a relevant genetic history of the British Isles in the context of ‘Celtic’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon’ ‘replacements’ and Dr Nash Briggs continues with a consideration of the long-term trends in social and material culture in East Anglia from late prehistory to the 5th century AD, using the evidence of coinage, iconography, language, monuments, late Roman treasures, and 5th-century bracteates such as the splendid example from Undley, Suffolk.Full – please email to be added to waiting list
July 12thAlfred CoinsMore details King Alfred of Wessex: His Life, Times and Reputation
(Professor Barbara Yorke, University of Winchester)
Alfred’s reign (871-99) will be examined in the context of the development of Wessex, his wars with the Vikings, the relatively large range of written and archaeological sources for his lifetime, and his escalating reputation in the centuries following his death.
July 19thTrumpington CrossMore details New developments in the chronology of Early Anglo-Saxon England
(Dr Sam Lucy, University of Cambridge)
Very recent developments in the understanding of Early Anglo-Saxon chronology (particularly as it relates to burial practice) will be reviewed and expanded on. This will cover the period spanning the very early cremation cemeteries of Eastern England, to the later seventh traditions of furnished burial.
Nearly Full – please ring/email to check availability