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.




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.