Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

CSVA Mission

The Centre advances knowledge and understanding of the languages, literatures, history, and material and visual cultures of the Viking Age and its aftermath, in both Scandinavia and the Viking diaspora, for the benefit of academics, students and the general public.

Public engagement and knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences are important to us, and are based on the high-quality individual and collaborative research carried out by our members. We participate in collaborative projects, publications, conferences, seminars and networks with other academics across Britain and the world, and we train the scholars of the future by offering a Master's course and supervising PhD students.

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Seven people stand in a row in front of a building using their bodies to make the shape of runes

About us

Four people standing by a grave outside a church looking in the direction of the middle figures up- and left-wards pointing finger (photo).

Research projects

Pile of books and journals about the Vikings stacked on top of a stone plinth (photo)


Photograph of two figures in Viking clothes fighting on stage in front of an audience of schoolchildren.

Public engagement

Two young women sit behind a table watching something to the left of the frame


Side shot of a man's face and a sculpted bust inside a glass case facing each other




Impact of the coronavirus on events

As you'll appreciate many events are currently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22, although this cannot be guaranteed.

  • Plants and Prayers Exhibition - Health And Healing Before 1700
    30/03/2023 - 03/09/2023
    Healing is what makes us human – but concepts of health and methods of healing have changed much over time. This exhibition explores medicine, care, and healing before 1700 and some of the changes that led to the development of medicine as we know it today. Healthcare in the past was not just the domain of the physician: priests to apothecaries to barbers all provided different forms of care. Medical manuscripts and books tell us about diseases, treatments, the relationship between healer and patient, and the lengths to which people went to find cures.This exhibition has been jointly curated by University of Nottingham Libraries, Manuscripts and Special Collections and Dr Christina Lee, School of English, University of Nottingham, and Dr Erin Connelly, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick.
  • Plants and Prayers Gallery Tour
    Join us for a guided walkthrough of the Plants and Prayers exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display.
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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