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Wuffing Education

The Staffordshire Hoard and the Golden Age of England

One of the gold cloisonné pyramid mounts from the Staffordshire Hoard (

with Dr Sam Newton

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 12th March, 2011

A fresh look at the history of the kingdom of Mercia in particular and early England in general in the golden light of the recently revealed treasures from Staffordshire.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Golden Age of Old England  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Gold in the Ground: the Staffordshire Hoard  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Hoard in its Landscape – the Kingdom of the Mark  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of the Mark  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, including Michael Wood on Beowulf and Digging for Britain with Dr Alice Roberts. Sam is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Feedback from his previous Study Day on the Staffordshire Hoard - When asked "What was best about the Day" people said:

  • Enormous quantity of info, well illustrated & delivered with enthusiasm
  • Level of interest generated by the lecture & discussions. High quality of images
  • Another excellent experience - thank you
  • Learning about a terribly neglected part of history
  • The wealth of info, the informed informality. the atmosphere which encourages participation
  • Fascinating analysis
  • The speaker's knowledge & enthusiasm
  • Presentation excellent - discussions with other people
  • The speaker's ability to make interest out of the facts

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Backhouse, J. The Lindisfarne Gospels (Oxford 1981)
Brown, M.P., & C.A.Farr, Mercia, an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in Europe (Leicester 2001)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Chaney, W.A., The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1970)
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., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Higham, N., An English Empire: Bede and the Early Anglo-Saxon Kings (Manchester 1995)
Higham, N., The Convert Kings: Power and Religious Affiliation in Early Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1997)
Hines, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration Period to the Eighth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective (Boydell 2003)
Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991)
Mayr-Harting, H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1977)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999)
Mitchell, B., An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England (Blackwell 1994)
Myres, J., The English Settlements (Oxford 1986)
Newton, S. The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 2004)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (Redbird 2003)
Rackham, O., The Illustrated History of the Countryside (Phoenix, 1997)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Stenton, F., Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1971)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Yorke, B., Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England (Seaby 1990)
Zaluckyj, S., Mercia – the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Central England (Longaston Press 2001)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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