Studies in Art

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Britain underwent astonishing political, economic and cultural changes between the departure of the Romans in the fifth century and the unification of England under Alfred who died in 899.  Recent archaeological finds have radically altered perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England and given a depth of understanding to its remarkably rich culture.

This course will look at the political struggles and upheavals, the dramatic impact of Christianity, the importance of coinage and the extraordinary flowering of the arts.


Tuesday 5 October 2010

10.30am
The Coming of Christianity to Britain: From Claudius to Cuthbert
Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, Institute of English Studies, SAS, University of London

12.00noon
The Master Workshop of Sutton Hoo
Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Beowulf and the Beginnings of English Literature
Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar


Tuesday 12 October 2010

10.30am
The “Work of Angels”: Insular Manuscripts, c.600-850
Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, Institute of English Studies, SAS, University of London

12.00noon
The Staffordshire Hoard: Wealth and Power in Anglo-Saxon England
Dr Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coinage, The British Museum

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
From Wessex to England: Alfred, AEthelstan and the Unification of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms
Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Oxford


Tuesday 19 October 2010

10.15am
Visit to see the Sutton Hoo treasures at the British Museum with Sonja Marzinzk, Curator, Insular Early Medieval Collections, The British Museum

12.00noon
Pennies from Heaven
Dr Anna Gannon FSA, History of Art Department, University of Cambridge

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“Alfred had me made”, but what did he intend?  The Alfred Jewel Reconsidered
Professor David Park, Courtauld Institute of Art


Tuesday 26 October 2010

10.30am
A Golden Age: Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, c850-1050
Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, Institute of English Studies, SAS, University of London

12.00noon
Brimful of History: The Vale of York Viking Hoard and the Unification of England
Dr Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coinage, The British Museum

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
England Set in Stone
Catherine Karkov, Professor of Art History, University of Leeds and Director of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage