Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
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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. Members of the Centre are happy to consider invitations to address local history societies and other interested groups, and have extensive experience of working with primary schools.

With the universities of Birmingham and Leicester, each year we organise the Midlands Viking Symposium on the last Saturday in April. This event is open to anyone with an interest in Vikings and the Viking Age.


Vikings for Schools activities at May Fest 2014 with volunteers

Silvia Storti and Matthew Hefferan


Outreach Activities

A list of some of the outreach and public engagement activities conducted by members of the Centre

BBC History Magazine Vikings Day

On the 15 March 2014, Judith Jesch gave a talk on Treasures of the Sword-Trees: Viking Poets and Poetry at the well-attended Vikings Day organised by BBC History Magazine.


The Viking Experience

A new book by CSVA alumna Marjolein Stern and PhD student Ruarigh Dale.

The Viking Experience is a new multimedia book for adults published by Carlton Books on 13 March 2014. Read more about the book on Ruarigh's blog.


Vikings at the British Museum

CSVA members have been heavily involved with the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition at the British Museum.

The Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition was on at the British Museum from 6 March to 22 June 2014 and proved to be of great interest to the world at large, as well as members of the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. We are proud to be associated with the exhibition in the following ways:

The Languages, Myths and Finds project, coordinated by the University of Nottingham, and with the participation of Centre members Judith Jesch, Christina Lee, Eleanor Rye and Aya van Renterghem, worked with the British Museum in exploring the translation of Norse and Viking cultures into the present day.

Professor Judith Jesch and Dr Jayne Carroll have both written books associated with the exhibition, on Viking poetry and the Vikings in Britain and Ireland.

Professor Judith Jesch contributed commentaries for the exhibition's audio guide, and contributed both to Vikings Live on 24 April and a panel discussion on 'The Vikings in Britain and Ireland: between culture and memory' on 25 April 2014.

Dr Jayne Carroll also contributed to Vikings Live on 24 April and gave a lecture to the British Museum Members on 2 June.

Aya van Renterghem carved runes in Viking Adventures for schools on 5 June and other dates.

Dr Christina Lee reviewed the exhibition for History Today.

Jewellery produced by Becky Crow for John Quanrud's company Viking Minds  on sale in the exhibition shop.

Read more about our involvement in the exhibition in this University press release.


Norse Myths and Legends

PhD student Ruarigh Dale acted as consultant for Anita Garneri’s Norse Myths and Legends published by Raintree (2013) in their series for children All About Myths.


Viking Workshops for Schools

In April/May 2012, MA student Madeline Robinson organised three after-school workshops for Melbury Primary School, Nottingham, and PhD student Ruarigh Dale organised a workshop for Molescroft Primary School, Beverley.


Genes of Gallgoídil

This project (Christina Lee in collaboration with Cathy Swift, Limerick) has now (2011) produced a website on Viking migration for Irish primary schools and a video on Viking settlers in Ireland on YouTube.


Chester Viking Conference

'In Search of the Vikings: A one-day conference looking at recent research into the Vikings in the North-West' (November 2010) was organised by Steve Harding, and included talks by Paul Cavill, Christina Lee and John Quanrud. The talks will be published in a book edited by Steve Harding and others.


Vikings in Nottinghamshire

Judith Jesch spoke on this subject to the Society for Landscape Studies (September 2010) and the Sherwood Archaeological Society in Mansfield (October 2010). Christina Lee spoke on this subject to the Norwell Parish Heritage Group (November 2011), the North Muskham History Group (October 2012) and the AGM of the Nottingham WEA (February 2015).


Hucknall National School

In March 2010, Drs Sara Pons-Sanz and Christina Lee organised a visit to the University for pupils from Hucknall National School, Nottingham, in which they spent the day showing their own work, and learning more about Vikings from staff and students at the University.


Nottingham Talent Roadshow

In January 2009, Judith Jesch gave a talk on The Viking Diaspora in Britain to a gathering of University alumni.


West Lancashire Heritage Association

Judith Jesch gave the first Ruth Vose Memorial Lecture on the subject of 'Speaking Like a Viking: Language and Cultural Interaction in the Irish Sea Region' on 21 January 2009.


Wirral and West Lancashire Genealogical Project

The results of this research carried out by Steve Harding and Judith Jesch with others were presented on 27 November 2007 at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Knowsley. See also the book Viking DNA.


Lowdham Book Festival

Judith Jesch gave a talk on 'What did the Vikings ever do for us?' on Saturday 30 June 2007.


New Jorvik Exhibition 'Are you a viking?'

This exhibition, which opened in May 2007, incorporated material written by members of the Centre.


Jorvik Viking Festival

The 2007 festival, in York, featured lectures by John Quanrud and Judith Jesch.



The Nov/Dec 2006 issue of the children's archaeology magazine had a Vikings theme, including an article on 'Viking women' by Judith Jesch.


Scottish Archaeology Month

Judith Jesch gave two lectures on 'Orcadian literature and culture' in Kirkwall on 16/17 September 2006.


Radio and Television

Members of the Centre have appeared in the following programmes:

BBC Radio Nottingham, 19 March 2013 (1h50 in)

The Last Battle of the Vikings - BBC2 Scotland, December 2012

Time Team documentary, The Real Vikings - Channel 4, October 2010

Michael Wood's The Story of England (episode 1) - BBC2, September 2010

The Viking Way - BBC Radio 4, November 2005

Viking! - ITV Border, October/November 2005

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4, February 2005

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4, January 2003

The Lost Vikings of Greenland - Channel 4 & PBS, 1999 



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Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

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The University of Nottingham
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