Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Languages, Myths and Finds

Languages, Myths and Finds: Translating Norse and Viking Cultures for the 21st Century is an AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development programme that ran from 2013-14.

It was developed for PhD students and ECRs (early career researchers) by a consortium of the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Oxford, and the British Museum.

British Museum-cropped

Prof. Judith Jesch, Dr Christina Lee and doctoral students

Aya Van Renterghem and Eleanor Rye at the British Museum's exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend


The Programme

The programme was based around the British Museum Viking Exhibition (6 March-22 June 2014). Following a training workshop in Cambridge in January 2014, and a visit to the exhibition in March, PhD students accepted onto the programme made field trips in small groups to five localities in Britain and Ireland where they worked with local schools, museums, historical societies and tourist organizations to research and disseminate aspects of local Viking heritage. The groups and their local collaborators reconvened at a final conference ('Unlocking the Vikings') which was held in Nottingham 28-29 June 2014. This conference was open to all.

Each team developed a booklet discussing the Viking heritage of their research location. These booklets are available to download on our Publications page.

Personnel and Locations

Project Coordination: Professor Judith Jesch and Dr Erin Goeres


Location leaders: Dr Heather O'Donoghue and Dr Pragya Vohra

PhD students:

  • Jane Harrison, University of Oxford
  • Joanne Shortt Butler, University of Cambridge
  • Nikolas Gunn, University of York
  • Eleanor Rye, University of Nottingham




Location leaders: Dr Elizabeth Ashman Rowe and Dr Rebecca Boyd

PhD students:

  • Rosie Bonté, University of Cambridge
  • Gareth Evans, University of Oxford
  • Eleanor Jackson, University of York
  • Maria Ramandi, University of Cambridge



Isle of Lewis

Location leaders: Dr Judy Quinn and Dr Brittany Schorn

PhD students:

  • Michael Hart, University of Oxford
  • Patrycja Kupiec, University of Aberdeen
  • David Etheridge, University of Bristol
  • Eleanor Heans-Glogowska, University of Cambridge



Isle of Man

Location leaders: Dr Carolyne Larrington and Dr Leszek Gardela

PhD students:

  • Aya Van Renterghem, University of Nottingham
  • Timothy Bourns, University of Oxford
  • Brian McMahon, University of Oxford
  • Heidi Stoner, University of York



Munster (Cork/ Waterford)

Location leaders: Dr Christina Lee and Dr Tom Birkett

PhD students:

  • Rachel Backa, University of Aberdeen
  • Mark Kirwan, University College Dublin
  • Alexander Wilson, University of Durham
  • Annemari Ferreira, University of Oxford



Website and Twitter

Please see the project website, or address any enquiries to either of the project coordinators, Judith Jesch or Erin Goeres.



Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

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The University of Nottingham
University Park

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