East Anglia – Museums & Education





4th November. Soggy Saints : Landscape and Sanctity in Medieval East Anglia.

Dr Rebecca Pinner   {University of East Anglia)

In the late 10th Century, Abbo of Fleury described East Anglia as Washed by Waters. In this study day we shall explore the significance of water and wetlands in the legends and histories of East Anglian saints and their cults.


18th November.   The Forgotten History of King Edmund and the Danish Kingdom of East Anglia (c855-917).

Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo).

The day before the eve of the 1,148th anniversary of the martyrdom of King Edmund, we shall attempt to chart what we can of the history of the last days of the kingdom of the Wuffings and to the subsequent  rule of the Danish King Guthrum and his successors. The history of East Anglia from the mid-ninth to the early tenth centuries has been largely eclipsed by the later legends of St. Edmund.


25th November.  Prehistoric Pompeiis? An exploration of sites with exceptional preservation.

Edward Martin (Independent Scholar).

An exploration of sites, both Continental and British, where volcanic activity, waterlogging and dryness or an unusual chemical environment has led to exceptional preservation of ancient artefacts and structures, enabling a fuller than usual understanding of the lives of people in prehistory.


2nd December.  Edmund Spenser`s. The Faerie Queene: Myth, Monster and Romance.

Dr Mathew Woodcock (University of East Anglia).

This study day provides a structured introduction to the greatest poem of the Elizabethan age: Edmund Spensers The Faerie Queene. (1590, 1596). After exploring how to read and interpret Spencers allegorical epic, we`ll locate the poem within the wider picture of Tudor mythography, and the religious and political history of the Elizabethan England.


9th December.  The Olde English Yuletide Feast.

Dr Sam Newton. (Wuffing Education Sutton Hoo).

Rediscover the magic of Christmas with an exploration of the significance of the great mid-winter festival in early England and how it was celebrated. This will include a look at the Old English calendar, which reveals how the pre-Christian year was structured and a consideration of how this calendar was transformed into the Christian year, in the light of early medieval art, poetry and archaeology.



20th January : Suffolk`s Valley of the Kings:

Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo)

An exploration of the largely forgotten  but clearly rich history of the Deben valley and its tributaries in the light of what we can see of its archaeology, art, place-names, and landscape history, and especially of the recent work at Rendlesham.


27th January : Collapse and Recovery : the Revival of Learning in the First Millennium

Charles Freeman (Independent Scholar)

Starting with the look at traditional Roman education, we shall consider early libraries, how texts were preserved from the Sixth Century, and how learning was revived under the Frankish King Charlemagne.


3rd February : The Oldest Extant Houses; The Homes of Medieval Rural Folk in East Anglia

Philip Aitkens (Historic Buildings Consultant)

A study of the little open-hall houses found in most of the villages of High Suffolk and of South-East Norfolk, the best evidence we have of Medieval rural lifestyle, varying greatly in plan-form, size and quality.


24th February : The Kingdoms of East-Anglia and Kent.

Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo)

On the festival-day of the famous Kentish king. St. AEthelbert, we shall reassess the relations between the Wuffing dynasty of East Anglia and AEscing dynasty of Kent during the Sixth and Seventh Centuries, as indicated by archaeology, art, and documentary sources.


3rd March : Raising the Dead : The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Death and Burial.

Dr Richard Hoggett (Heritage Consultant)

Burials constitute a large part of the archaeological record from Anglo-Saxon England, and this study-day uses the rich East-Anglian burial record to explore the range of burial rites practiced by the Anglo-Saxons. Subjects to be covered include the human skeleton, cremation, inhumation, the use of grave-goods and the impact of Christianity. The day will be illustrated with examples drawn from recent and unpublished excavations, as well as some classic sites.


10th March : Death, Loss, and Dragon Hoards: Early Anglo-Saxon Art.

Dr Angela Evans, former Curator, British Museum.

The Anglo-Saxons had a powerful visual imagination whose legacy is seen in the decoration of their personal possessions, but interpreting the design can often be challenging. The day will be devoted to looking in detail at the background and development of the extraordinarily complex ornament on early Anglo-Saxon metalwork, then following some of the motifs to their adoption on early manuscripts and, finally, to their flowering on high status metalwork during the later Saxon period.


17th March : St. Patrick (c 380-c. 461) – His Life. Times, and Legacy.

Dr Maive Ni Mhaonaigh (University of Cambridge).

The fame of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is associated today with banishment of saints and (primarily in America) green beer. We will examine sources for his life, times and legacy and explore the making of this very famous saint.


24th March : The Story of European Armour, c. 600 – 1650.

Tobias Capwell (Curator of Arms & Armour. The Wallace Collection, London).

As a protective system designed to augment the human body, the history of European armour follows paths and patterns remarkably reminiscent of biological evolution in the natural world. In this series of lectures we follow the development of human exoskeletons across made than a thousand years. Watching as one remarkable species, the elite armoured warrior, evolves to survive in a dangerous and ever-changing environment.



Wuffing Education Study Days give in-depth explorations for newcomers, enthusiasts and specialists in the archaeology, history, landscape, language, literature and art of medieval England, and of the Wuffing Kingdom of east Anglia in particular.

Each study day costs £38- for a full day of lectures from nationally recognized speakers, teas & coffee throughout the day, parking, as well as access to the NT visitor centre, exhibition and the Sutton Hoo.

Prior Booking essential – 01394-386498 ask for Cliff or cliff@wuffingeducation.co.uk
4,Hilly Field, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4DX.

reductions:If you are attending a Study Day and bring a friend (who has not been to any Study Days before) then they can come for half-price £19- Now – from 1st April 2011 – every sixth Study Day you book in half-price. More details on the web-site

they are constantly planning new events, which from personal experience are very good.