Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

CSVA Mission

Our mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of the languages, literatures, history, and visual and material cultures of the Viking Age and its aftermath in the Scandinavian homelands and the Viking diaspora, for both academic and non-academic stakeholders.

We aim to support individual and collaborative research of a high academic standard, and to maximise interdisciplinary opportunities, through collaborative projects, publications, seminars, conferences, lectures, networks and public engagement activities. The Centre provides for the training of the scholars of the future by offering Masters’ courses and modules, and supervising PhD students.
Spelling out 'runir'
Spelling out 'runir' at Maughold on a field trip to the Isle of Man, 2014 © J.J. Gallagher

Current Projects 

Three of our most prominent current projects are:

Information about these projects and others that have received external funding in the past can be found on the Funded Research Archive page.

Public Engagement

The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age places great importance on communicating its expertise in the subject to teachers, museum and heritage professionals, the media, and the interested general public.

Find out more on our Public Engagement page or follow the links below:

Open Educational Resources

Listen to past lectures and explore our audiovisual resources:

News and Events

Keep up to date with all the latest CSVA news and events on our News and Events page.


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Midlands Viking Symposium

The 11th Midlands Viking Symposium will be at the University of Leicester on 25 April 2015.

Fell-Benedikz Lecture

Dr Matthew Townend, York, announced as the 2016 Fell-Benedikz Lecturer.

The Viking World 2016 - Diversity and Change

27/06/2016 - 02/07/2016
The Viking World - a major international conference to be held in Nottingham 27 June - 2 July 2016
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Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: csva@nottingham.ac.uk