Studies in Art

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This course looks at the Viking Age from the late eighth to the early eleventh centuries – its extraordinary expansion  and  cultural networks, the maritime character of  its society and its exceptional shipbuilding skills. The lectures will look at aspects of Viking identity, shipbuilding and trade, magic and belief and the role of the warrior in Viking Society.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

10.30am
The World of the Vikings
Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval coinage, British Museum and  curator of the exhibition 

12.00noon
Landscapes and Longhouses in the Northern Isles: The Viking Earldom of Orkney
Dr David Griffiths, Reader and Director of Studies in Archaeology, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Coins and Coinage
Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval coinage, British Museum and  curator of the exhibition

Tuesday 18 March 2014

10.30am
The Development of Towns in the Viking Age: England in Context
Dr Letty ten Harkel, Early Medieval Researcher on the English Landscapes and Identities Project, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

12.00noon
Christianization and Cultural Identity
Dr Lesley Abrams, Balliol College, Oxford

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Verse from the Viking Age and the Sagas of Iceland
Professor Richard North, Department of English, University College London

Tuesday 25 March 2014

10.30am
Viking Art
James Graham-Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University College London

12.00noon
Ships and Society
 Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval coinage, British Museum and curator of the exhibition

1.00pm
Lunch

2.30pm
Visit to the exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum

Lecture venue
The Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, London W1

Course Organiser
Sarah Bowles