Meet the Project Team

This virtual museum has been jointly curated by Professor Judith Jesch and Dr Roderick Dale of the Centre for Study of the Viking Age, with the assistance of PhD students Cassidy Croci and William Pidzamecky.

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Team member biographies

Judith Jesch

About Me I was educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania (USA), Durham (UK, BA in English Language and Medieval Literature), Oslo (Norway, Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship) and London (PhD in Scandinavian Studies, UCL). Before coming to Nottingham in 1985, I worked as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). During my time at Nottingham I have been Head of the School of English Studies (2001-4), and was promoted to Professor of Viking Studies in 2002. My Research I have been working on Old Norse language and literature since 1977 and the Viking Age since 1985. During that time I have followed in the footsteps of the Vikings around the world, from Russia to Newfoundland. I have published books and articles on lost sagas, Scandinavian ballads, women in the Viking Age, runic inscriptions from both Scandinavia and the British Isles, ships, skaldic poetry, Orkneyinga saga, the Viking Age as a diaspora, and much more. To read more about my research interests and publications, please visit my university home page.

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Roderick Dale

I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA(Hons) in Scandinavian Studies (Norwegian) in 1985 before beginning a career as an archaeologist. While working as an archaeologist I completed an MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies (2001) and a PhD in Viking Studies (2014) at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral thesis, entitled Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life, reassessed research into Viking berserkir and studied how that research had been shaped by modern, popular culture depictions of berserkir. While at Nottingham I taught Old English in the ‘Beginnings of English’ and ‘Medieval Englishes’ modules. From 2016-17 I worked at University College Cork as post-doctoral researcher on The World-Tree Project (, a large-scale community collection database in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies, funded by an IRC ‘New-Horizons’ Starter Grant. I joined the University of Nottingham in February 2017 as Cultural Engagement Fellow for the Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands project. Expertise Summary Old Norse language and literature, interdisciplinary Viking studies, reception of the Vikings in popular culture, public engagement. Recent Publications STERN, M and DALE, R, 2014. The Viking Experience London : Carlton Books.

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