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A Vibrant Age in a Changing Society: An Enquiry into Anglo-Saxon Visual Culture (6th – 8th centuries)

The Wilton Cross – a seventh-century gold and garnet pendant cross enclosing a gold solidus of the Byzantine emperor Heraclius (reigned AD 610-41) (British Museum)

with Dr Anna Gannon

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 1st October, 2011

An examination of the great changes in Anglo-Saxon art around the year 600, which reveal the depth of the high culture of the time.

The world of Anglo-Saxon England appears very remote from our daily preoccupations, yet it offers an interesting comparison to our own materialistic, cosmopolitan and evolving society. Written sources are scarce for this period but what remains of the art and particularly of the coinage of time has much to say. The day of lectures will concentrate on the momentous changes which happened towards the end of the 6th century, the interaction with the Continent, the advent of Christianity and much else, in order to demonstrate the breadth of cultural contacts and the sophistication of the time.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Anglo-Saxon Art – a cultural overview  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The world beyond – contacts in an age of migrating ideas  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 Responses – an age of faith  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Coins and Icons – how to read sceattas  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Anna Gannon

Anna Gannon graduated in History of Art at the University of Cambridge in 1996 and received her doctorate there for work on the iconography of Anglo-Saxon coinage. Her interest in the Anglo-Saxons goes back to her ‘previous life’ in Italy, when she was a researcher in German philology at her first university. She has worked in the coin departments at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum and has been lecturing on Anglo-Saxon art and coinage at the History of Art Department of the University of Cambridge for the past 5 years. In addition to her monograph published in 2003 (and now in paperback!), she has published widely on coin iconography. She is currently working on the Catalogue of early Anglo-Saxon coins in the British Museum.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford, 2005).
Campbell, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons (London 1982).
Gannon, A., The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage. Sixth to Eighth Centuries (Oxford, 2003; paperback edition 2010).
Grierson, P., & Mark Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage. 1. The Early Middle Ages (5th - 10th centuries) (Cambridge, 1986).
Henderson, G., From Durrow to Kells, (Thames & Hudson, London 1987).
Henderson, G., Vision and Image in Early Christian England, (Cambridge 1999).
Ó Carragáin, É., Ritual and the Rood (London and Toronto, 2005).
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. (eds.), The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, (London 1991).
Williams, G., Early Anglo-Saxon Coins (Shire Archaeology 2008).

Bookings

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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