Saturday 27 May, 10.30 for 11.00, at the Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge. Professor Gale Owen-Crocker of the University of Manchester will speak about Anglo-Saxon Dress and Textiles.

Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor Emerita of The University of Manchester; she was formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies.

She has published extensively on the literature and life of the Anglo-Saxon period, and on medieval dress and textiles, especially the Bayeux Tapestry, and has lectured extensively in Europe, North America and Asia. She is co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles and was Director of the Manchester Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project which produced the database

Her books include Transformation in Anglo-Saxon Culture (with Charles Insley 2017); The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World (with Maren Clegg Hyer 2015); The Bayeux Tapestry: Collected Papers (2012); An Encyclopedia of Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c.450-1100 (with Elizabeth Coatsworth and Maria Hayward 2012); Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain: A Multilingual Sourcebook (with Louise Sylvester and Mark Chambers 2012); The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World (with Maren Clegg Hyer 2011); Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (2009); King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry (2005); Dress in Anglo-Saxon England: revised and enlarged edition (2004); The Four Funerals in Beowulf (2000). Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe with Elizabeth Coatsworth is forthcoming in 2017.

Members of SHS £7, public £8, tickets available on the day (or near the time) from the Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge (01394 382174).


We are preparing to arrange a coach trip in East Anglia to a site of interest… please watch this space.



 Reports on our trips are to be found in our magazine, Saxon, which can be viewed on this website.

Recent visits have included 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.

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