Rediscovering Viking-age Scotland with Michael Wood
26 Oct 2021
Free, with option to add a donation
Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood joins Dr Adrián Maldonado, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, to discuss Adrián’s new book, Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom. The book reassesses the museum’s 9—12th century collections, uncovering an exciting new vision of Scotland’s diverse and creative past.
Join Adrián and Michael as they take a fresh look at some of the iconic objects on display in the National Museum of Scotland and discuss new research on objects in the museum’s stores. The event includes a live Q&A chaired by writer and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson.
Crucible of Nations is the culmination of the Glenmorangie Research Project Creating Scotland: Making a Medieval Kingdom, exploring objects from the National Collection dated 9—12th centuries AD, covering the arrival of the Vikings to Scotland, the last days of the Picts, and the rise of the medieval kingdom of Scotland.
Crucible of Nations is now available to pre-order from our shop.
Meet the speakers
Michael Wood is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries. For over 30 years, he has brought history alive for viewers and readers in Britain, the US and further afield. He is the author of In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday, and In Search of England, and well over 100 documentary films.
Dr Adrián Maldonado is Glenmorangie Research Fellow at National Museums Scotland. He has previously lectured in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow and University of Chester. His research focuses on early medieval Scotland, especially the archaeology of Christianity and burial practice. Find out more about the Glenmorangie Research Project.
Sally Magnusson is an author and broadcaster. Her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, is set in Iceland in the seventeenth century. In her memoir Dreaming of Iceland: The Lure of a Family Legend she traces, by way of several generations of her own family, the country’s development from an impoverished, isolated colony of Denmark to the self-assured independent nation it is now.
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Header image: Rectangular gilt-bronze mount depicting a lion, reused as a brooch in the grave of a woman and infant from Westness, Rousay, Orkney, length 66mm, X.IL 730