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Menai Bridge, Anglesey Albert Dock, Liverpool Langdale, Lake District
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19th Viking Congress 2022: Cymru a Gogledd-Orllewin Lloegr/Wales and North-West England

The 19th Viking Congress has been postponed to 2022. Dates of the Congress will now be Saturday 23 – Friday 29 July 2022 in Liverpool, with the Study Tour based in Lancaster, Friday 29 July – Tuesday 2 August 2022.


The 19th Viking Congress was planned for July 2021. However due to the international Coronavirus emergency, and consequent travel and operational restrictions which remain in place, we have taken the decision to postpone the Congress to the dates above in 2022.

The call for papers has now closed, except for resubmissions by those who have already submitted a paper prior to 31 October. It will close fully on 31 January 2021. For further information, see ‘Submit a Paper’.

Croeso / Welcome

The Viking Congress is an international, interdisciplinary, academic conference on the Viking Age, which began in 1950, and meets every four years. The Congress traditionally does not have parallel sessions, and involves a single programme of spoken delegate papers, coupled with field and museum group visits to notable sites of Viking-Age interest. 2021 will be the first time that Wales leads a Viking Congress, and the first time it has taken place in either Wales or north-west England. Formerly attended by national invitation only, the Viking Congress has more recently moved to an open call for paper proposals, which are peer-reviewed for acceptance by an international academic panel convened by the organising country or countries. Numbers are necessarily restricted by the scope and intensity of activities and guided field visits during the Congress. However, there will be additional public open events and keynote lectures during the programme. The main Congress (6 days) is followed by an optional linked study tour (3 days); these will be booked separately. Numbers are also restricted on the study tour for practical reasons, although it may be possible to attend the tour even if not giving a paper at the Congress itself.

The Viking Congress

The 19th Viking Congress will take place 23-29 July 2022, with the Congress Tour on 29 July – 02 August 2022. Please see Programme.

The Congress Tour will be based at Lancaster University, and linked with its Regional Heritage Centre. It will start from Liverpool University shortly after the end of the main Congress sessions on 29 July, and will finish in Lancaster (which has mainline rail connections to Manchester Airport) on 01 August (day of departure 02 August). The tour will take place in the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire, known for their spectacular landscapes, including the Lake District National Park, and strong Viking-Age associations. It will involve site visits, interpretation and public engagement, including one public lecture. We will visit places of historical, archaeological, artistic and antiquarian significance, some of which require permitted access, taking in some dramatic and rugged scenery, and will experience some of the best aspects of the region’s heritage and landscape.

Joining and Predicted Costs

Attendance at the full set of congress sessions is open to those whose paper proposal has been accepted, or in a smaller number of cases, by national Congress invitation. Additionally, there will be public lectures and associated events which are open to all: details of these will be released with the final programme.

The call for papers is now closed.

All paper proposers have been notified, and we now have a full complement of international participants whom we expect to invite. Due to ongoing uncertainty regarding the international Coronavirus pandemic, we plan to leave final decisions on some aspects of congress planning until towards the end of 2021.

Additionally, details of how to apply for Congress bursaries will be released at this point. It is anticipated that these will be applicable to postgraduate researchers and to those who have recently completed postgraduate research.

Costs: a revision due to Coronavirus may be necessary at mid-2019 prices we estimated a single attendance fee (without bursary) for the 6-day Congress in Bangor/Liverpool to be around £250 to £300, with the lower fee available to those who book within the first two months of the registration period for accepted speakers and delegates, which will now begin in mid-2021 (see call for papers). This fee includes the lecture programme, lunches, some evening meals (including the conference dinner), coach transport on field visits. It does not include travel to or from the congress, or overnight accommodation. Liverpool is served by air, road, sea and rail connections: it has its own airport (John Lennon Airport) and also has direct rail and coach connections to Manchester Airport.

Links for joining, payment, accommodation, travel options, and an option to notify us of any special requirements, will be provided with invitations to delegates. We recommend that accommodation in Liverpool is booked through Liverpool University (a link will be provided), although this is not compulsory, and a wide range of hotel options exist in the city.

The study tour is all-inclusive (transport, food, accommodation, entrance fees, special visits) and we estimated it would cost circa £450 at mid-2019 prices: a link to Lancaster University for joining and payment will be provided. Arrival in Lancaster will be by tour coach, but departure will be by your own means: Lancaster is on the main London-Glasgow rail line and has direct connections to Manchester Airport.

We aim to launch the registration sites by December 2021.

You will have the opportunity to raise and discuss in confidence any special needs or requirements with the organisers after your paper proposal has been accepted.

Organising Group

The Organising Committee for the 19th Viking Congress is as follows:

Prof Nancy Edwards, Prifysgol Bangor / Bangor University

Dr Clare Downham, Liverpool University

Dr Fiona Edmonds, Lancaster University

Dr David Griffiths, Oxford University