Talks and Lectures

I have spoken widely for academic, corporate, governmental, NGO and public audiences.

Public and Corporate Lectures

In the course of my work on the exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend, I have given public lectures at:

I have also spoken at a number of events hosted by and for the British Museum’s supporters, sponsors and partners. These included, amongst others:

  • Arts Council England
  • The Art Fund
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • HM Treasury
  • the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • the Arts & Heritage All Party Parliamentary Group
  • the Linbury and Monument Trusts
  • BP
  • ING
  • Morgan Stanley

I have also appeared at the Hay Festival and Bath Children’s Literary Festival speaking about my book for children: The Tale of King Harald: The Last Viking Adventure.



I have spoken frequently about my research interests in academic fora. The titles below link to abstracts and further details of individual presentations at my page.

Woeful Dane’s Bottom, and other Tales: memories of the Viking Age in England (Nov 2013)

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Conference: Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology III


Savage and Sacred: The Place of Battle in Anglo-Saxon England (Dec 2013)

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Conference: Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series


Staring through the Eyes of the Dead… ritualised horror and the face of Anglo-Saxon violence (Jul 2013)

Location: Canterbury Christ Church University

Conference: Horror, the Macabre, and the Supernatural in Early Medieval Britain and Scandinavia


One Ring to Rule Them All: the symbolic geography of later-Viking Age warfare (Jul 2013)

Location: Leeds University

Conference: International Medieval Congress


Sleeping Kings and Wild Riders: supernatural warfare in the Anglo-Saxon landscape (Oct 2011)

Conference: Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology

Location: Institute of Archaeology: University College London


Heads You Lose: decapitation, domination and display in Anglo-Saxon England (Oct 2011)

Location: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research: University of Cambridge

Conference: Society for Medieval Archaeology Post-graduate Colloquium 2011


Re-possessing the Place of Slaughter: the Danish impact on the late Saxon idea of war (Sep 2011)

Location: Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology: University Of Winchester

Conference: Danes in Wessex: The Scandinavian Impact and Influence on Wessex in the Early Middle Ages.


(published in R. Lavelle and S. Roffey (eds.) Danes in Wessex (Oxbow, 2015)


Coins in Context: Minting in the Borough of Wallingford (Jul 2011)

Location: University of Leeds

Conference: International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2011

 (published in Yorkshire Numismatist 4)


Wolves Beyond the Border: confronting the bestial in Anglo-Saxon warfare (Jun 2011)

Location: Institute of Archaeology: University College London

Conference: Beasts in the Anglo-Saxon World

(published in  M.D.J. Bintley and T.J.T. Williams (eds.)Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia (Boydell, 2015).


An Uproar on the Earth: meaningful landscapes in the warfare of Early Medieval Britain (Apr 2011)

Location: University of Glasgow

Conference: Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS) 2011