adapted from a design by George Bain based on the Book of Kells home Programme Bookings Shop The Wuffings .
Wuffing Education

The Master Workshop of the Wuffings

One of the pair of scabbard buttons from Sutton Hoo; made of gold (89%) and silver (10%), and set with 110 garnets in the form of a cross.

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 1st March, 2008

We begin the day with the story of the discovery of the funeral-ship berthed beneath Mound One at Sutton Hoo, before embarking on an exploration of some of the artistic and technical wonders found aboard. Of particular interest are the superb cloisonné mounts of gold, garnet, and blue glass, which reveal such a brilliant synthesis of styles. These masterworks appear to have been made in the East Anglian royal workshop for the king who lay in state in this treasure-laden ship, thought most likely to have been Rædwald (died c.625), Wuffing king and overlord of all England.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Ship of Dreams  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Master Workshop of the Wuffings  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Sutton Hoo and Europe  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Rædwald Rules!  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at the University of East Anglia in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. He has lectured widely as a free-lance scholar and has also contributed to many television and radio programmes. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is currently a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.


Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Heaney, S. (tr.), Beowulf (Faber & Faber 1999)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Plunkett, S.J., Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Tempus 2005)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Youngs, S., The Work of Angels: Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th Centuries (British Museum 1989)


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Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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