Basil Brown Memorial Lecture – The kingdom of Essex and other stories: exploring Britain’s lost realms
Saturday 7th May 2022, 11:00 am, The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge
Thomas Williams FSA, Former Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum and author of Viking Britain (2017) and Viking London (2019)
The picture we have of the centuries between 400 and 800 has long been shaped by study of the ‘big beasts’: Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, East Anglia and – to a lesser extent – Kent and the larger realms of the Celtic-speaking north and west. By looking instead to the small and the obscure, to Essex, Lindsey, Dumnonia, Elmet and the myriad of other little kingdoms whose rise and fall both nurtured and impeded their larger rivals, the formative centuries of early medieval Britain can be seen from fresh perspectives. In this lecture, Dr Thomas Williams FSA will discuss themes drawn from his forthcoming book about the forgotten kingdoms of early medieval Britain.
Tickets available from The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge 01394 382174 or on the day. Sutton Hoo Society members £8 and Public £10.
Visit to West Stow Anglo Saxon Settlement and Mildenhall Museum
Wednesday 1st June 2022, 10am, meeting in car park at West Stow
Make your own way to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Settlement, where we meet in the car park at 10am. The society has arranged group entry and the site manager will give us a talk at 11am; the remainder of the morning to be spent exploring the site and picnicking in our own time.
In the afternoon, make your way to Mildenhall Museum, meeting there at 2pm. The society has organised a talk by Joanna Caruth, the archaeologist who excavated the Lakenheath horse burial. You will then have an opportunity to view the displays in this small but interesting museum, which include the original Anglo-Saxon horse and warrior, along with replicas of the Mildenhall Roman treasure hoard.
Tickets £12 per person, available from eventbrite.
Only 50 places available so book early! First come first served!
Zoom meeting joining details will be emailed to members.
Southend Museum to view the Prittlewell finds
Due to popular demand, the Society is organising a second visit to Southend Museum for an exclusive behind the scenes viewing of the Prittlewell Prince exhibition, hosted by the museum’s curator and assistant curator of archaeology.
The annual Basil Brown Memorial Lecture
Saturday, May 8th 2021 at 11am, via Zoom
This years lecture will be “Sutton Hoo the Real 1939 Story: a Modern Archaeologist’s View”, with guest speaker: Angus Wainwright, Regional Archaeologist, National Trust.
Details about how to register for this online Zoom lecture will be emailed to members in advance. If you haven’t received your invitation please email email@example.com.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the meeting. Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes to receive your confirmation.
The Sutton Hoo Society Annual General Meeting
Friday March 5th 2021 at 7pm via Zoom
This online Zoom meeting will start with Society business and is followed with a talk by local historian Sarah Doig titled “Basil Brown of Rickinghall: Beyond Sutton Hoo”.
“STAGES IN RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SUTTON HOO SHIP“
Sunday February 21st 2021 at 2.30pm via Zoom
Members’ online Zoom talk by Dr Philip Leech of the Ship’s Company.
*** Following the governments advice on Coronavirus, the Society has cancelled all upcoming events. ***
In particular, this affects the Basil Brown Memorial Lecture. For many that have already purchased tickets, The Riverside Theatre has refunded their payment but for a small number this has not been possible. If you are one of these people, please contact the Woodbridge Theatre (details below) to arrange a refund.
We will keep the situation under review and hope to reschedule events later in the year, when the advice says it is safe to do so.
To all our members, stay safe and check the website for the latest news or updates.
*** CANCELLED *** 2020 Basil Brown Memorial Lecture; “The kingdom of Essex and other stories: exploring Britain’s lost realms”, Thomas Williams FSA
*** CANCELLED ***, The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge
The picture we have of the centuries between 400 and 800 has long been shaped by study of the ‘big beasts’: Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, East Anglia and – to a lesser extent – Kent and the larger realms of the Celtic-speaking north and west. By looking instead to the small and the obscure, to Essex, Lindsey, Dumnonia, Elmet and the myriad other little kingdoms whose rise and fall both nurtured and impeded their larger rivals, the formative centuries of early medieval Britain can be seen from fresh perspectives. In this lecture, Dr Thomas Williams FSA, former Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum and author of Viking Britain (2017) and Viking London (2019), will discuss themes drawn from his forthcoming book about the forgotten kingdoms of early medieval Britain.
Sutton Hoo Society Members £8 and Public £10.
Ticket information available from The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge 01394 382174.
2020 AGM and Lecture by Susanne Hakenbeck
Friday 21st February 2020, 7pm for 7.30pm, Sutton Hoo
Refreshments in the Café on Arrival. All members welcome. Following the general meeting, Susanne Hakenbeck, of Cambridge University, will give a talk on Princely Burials.
2019 Basil Brown Memorial Lecture
Saturday 13 April 2019, 11:00 am, The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge
In this illustrated lecture, Professor Michelle Brown, FSA, Professor Emerita at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Visiting Professor at University College London and Former Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, will discuss the introduction of manuscript culture to Anglo-Saxon England and the complex web of peoples, practices and beliefs that lay behind it. The influence of Germanic metalwork (such as the Sutton Hoo finds), Celtic art and thought, ancient Romano-British trading contacts with the Mediterranean and the Middle East all find their place in the pages of books such as the Book of Durrow, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Codex Amiatinus, the Vespasian Psalter and the Book of Kells to form a new vision of the place of these islands on the world stage.
2019 AGM and Lecture by Dr Mike Bintley
Friday 1 March, 7:00pm, Deben Suite, Ufford Park Hotel
Following the general meeting, Dr Mike Bintley, Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London, gave a stimulating and thought-provoking talk on ‘The Material World of the Old English Andreas‘.
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War
Monday 14 January 2019, The British Library
The Society attended the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition on Anglo-Saxon history, literature and culture hosted by the British Library and marvelled over the priceless manuscripts and artefacts on display. Prior to the exhibition, the group enjoyed a talk given by a resident expert who contributed to the preparation of the exhibition.
Reports on our trips can be found in the Society’s magazine Saxon. Previous editions can be viewed here.
Recent visits have included
- Southend Museum to view the Prittlewell finds,
- Norwich Castle Museum
- Roman Colchester
- Battle Abbey
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
- West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Mildenhall Museum
- Parker Library, Wren Library, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
- Colchester Castle
- Archaeological site at Lyminge, Kent
and we have travelled as far as Gamla Uppsala, Ireland, Lindisfarne and Canterbury as well as closer to our Suffolk homeland.
For more information or enquiries, please contact our SHS Membership Secretary, via the website.