Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
Photograph of two figures in Viking clothes fighting on stage in front of an audience of schoolchildren.

Public Engagement

The CSVA takes very seriously its responsibility to make scholarly research in Viking Studies accessible to all. It is our experience that there is great public interest in Vikings and the Viking Age. We are delighted to engage with all interested parties, through workshops for schools, an annual symposium open to all, and our new virtual museum focusing on Vikings in the East Midlands.

In 2005, Dr Christina Lee founded the Midlands Viking Symposium in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester. At this annual event, both established and up-and-coming scholars engage with the wider public on current themes in Viking research.

We are committed to informing and explaining Vikings and the Viking Age. The CSVA fosters critical approaches to evidence and representation, presenting a greater variety of images of the Viking Age and its aftermath, and sharing scholarly thought-processes with the general public. 

Engaging with wider society needs to start with its youngest members, and our Vikings for Schools project has been going since 2010. 

Members of the Centre regularly address audiences in a wide variety of historical and heritage organisations and are always willing to consider invitations to speak. More recently, we have become increasingly involved in various forms of digital engagement, and some examples are listed below.

Photo with young bog wearing a helmet and holding an axe in the foreground while two older volunteers stand behind

Events for schools

We offer different setups tailored to the individual school’s needs

Young woman in red dress points with a long stick at a screen behind, while in the foreground are the backs of people watching the presentation

Midlands Viking Symposium

Our students and staff present each year at the Symposium

Photograph of a white woman with brown hair wearing traditional Viking dress standing outside in a wooded glade on a sunny day

Norse and Viking Ramblings (blog)

Judith Jesch records her experiences and observations from encounters with Vikings in the media and popular culture.

Side on shot of a podcasting set-up with headphones and a professional microphone

Podcasts and digital media

CSVA members frequently participate in podcasts and other digital mediums to engage in public debate.


You can find out more about past events organised by the CSVA and its members in our events archive.

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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