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Public Events

The 19th Viking Congress takes very seriously its duty to engage and inform the public, and recognises that there will be significant public interest in the regions where it is taking place. There will be three public lectures by distinguished academic specialists, one each in Bangor, Liverpool and Cumbria (see Programme).

In addition, where there may be any spare seating available in lecture theatres hosting the Congress sessions, this will be made available to public participants day-to-day, on a first-come first-served basis.

It is regretted that due to the need to restrict numbers for catering and transport purposes, only fee-paying Congress delegates are able to participate in the official dinners and field visits.


To be given in-person and will be recorded online. Details of the link will be posted in due course.

Dr Mark Redknap (National Museums and Galleries of Wales) “Vikings, Places and Contexts, A Welsh Perspective” (Saturday 23 July, 7pm).

Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (University of Cambridge) “Irish Sea Vikings: Word, Text, Deed” (Tuesday 26 July, 7pm).

Professor Matthew Townend (University of York) “Our peculiar northern antiquity of speech’: Mary Powley of Langwathby (1811-1882), the Vikings in Cumbria, and Local Dialect”
Sunday 31st July, 2.30 pm, Tullie House, Carlisle. This lecture is a joint event of the Viking Congress tour and the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society. It is fully booked, with no places remaining.