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Art and Power in the seventh and eighth centuries: the Impact of the Staffordshire Hoard

One of the gold cloisonné pyramid mounts from the Staffordshire Hoard (www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk)

with Leslie Webster FSA

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, July 2nd 2011

A chance to explore this extraordinary treasure-hoard with a world-class scholar of the period, who will also consider how it is changing our understanding of Anglo-Saxon art and culture.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Background- The Conversion and Crisis in the Seventh Century  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Nature of the Hoard and the groups of artefacts within it  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 Art, religion, and warrior culture  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 How the hoard is changing our ideas about art  
  16:15 Close  

About Leslie Webster FSA

Leslie Webster was Keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum from 2002-2007. She has written and lectured widely on Anglo-Saxon and related early medieval subjects, including co-authoring the catalogues of four major exhibitions on the Early Medieval period which she co-organised (The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, The Work of Angels, The Making of England AD 600-900, and Heirs of Rome). Her popular book on The Franks Casket is due to be published by the British Museum in August 2010 (price a very modest £5.00!), and, when she is not speaking on the Staffordshire Hoard, she is currently working on a book on Anglo-Saxon art.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
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)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
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)
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)
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.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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