Events and Seminars

The Loveden Hill Runic Urn

The Loveden Hill Runic Urn

Detail of the model of the Loveden Hill cremation urn.

We have made a dynamic 3D model of the 6th C cremation urn from Loveden Hill, Lincs. which carries one of the earliest examples of Old English, in runic script. The model allows viewers to rotate the vessel, and to read the inscription in context. It is free to view, and can be downloaded onto mobiles, tablets or laptops.

The urn is now in the British Museum, and this model has been made with the support of the Trustees of the British Museum, and the help of the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory.

To see the Loveden Hill Runic Urn in 3D click here:

For more information, read the blog from the Landscape Research Centre

Contact for further information, Dr. Martin Findell

Markers of Identity: Ethnic and Racial Studies Special Issue

Out now! The Diasporas Special Issue 'Markers of Identity', Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 39, Issue 2, 2016

In 2010, the Leverhulme Trust made two Research Programme Grant awards, both of five years’ duration, to teams working on the ‘Impact of Diasporas’: the Oxford Diasporas Programme (Oxford) and The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain (Leicester). The two programmes have come together in this Special Issue, presenting nine articles – four from the Leicester research group and five from Oxford, selected as representative of these 18 projects – that speak to the theme of ‘Markers of Identity’.

The 'Impact of Diasporas' @ the Royal Geographical Society

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Sep 17, 2015
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM


Royal Geographical Society, London

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The Leicester Diasporas team joined forces with the Oxford Diasporas Programme led by Professor Robin Cohen for an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 17 September 2015, to showcase the work of both research programmes.

Information about the event can be found here, and a PDF of the 'keepsake' publication for the event is archived below, and available for download.

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'The Impact of Diasporas' @ RGS keepsake

The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain programme at the University of Leicester and the Oxford Diasporas Programme at the University of Oxford have put together a keepsake volume for the Impact of Diasporas event that was held on Thursday 17th September, 09.30am to 8pm Royal Geographical Society. This is now available to download here.

PDF document icon Impact of Diasporas.pdf — PDF document, 9252 kB (9474608 bytes)

Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500–1500

A conference on the extent and impact of Immigration in Medieval England
Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500–1500

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Professor Joanna Story is running a major interdisciplinary conference on the theme of Aliens, Foreigners, and Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500-1500 at the British Academy on 26-27 March 2015, in collaboration with Professors Mark Ormrod and Elizabeth Tyler at the University of York.

The conference will explore the extent and impact of immigration in Medieval England in the 'long millennium' of the Middle Ages, c. AD500-1500.

Immigration, its causes and its consequences, is a contentious topic with profound political, social, economic and cultural effects both for individual migrants and for the host and donor communities. It is not a new phenomenon. This conference will take a multidisciplinary approach to the presence and treatment of foreigners in England across the medieval millennium. It will provide deep historical and cultural context to discussions among policy-makers and the general public about ethnicity, multiculturalism and the evolution of national identity in modern Britain.

The conference arises from three major research projects being run at Leicester and York, including the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: Evidence, Memories, Inventions which is a 5 year programme award funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2011-2016).

Diasporas involvement in the British Museum exhibition 'The Vikings: Life and Legend'

The Vikings: Life and Legend (6 March - 22 June 2014).

Members of the team participated in the Vikings Live broadcast in cinemas across the UK and worldwide.

Talks and events at the British Museum featuring Diasporas team members:

The Vikings in Britain and Ireland: between culture and memory.  Panel discussion with experts including Marc Scully, 25 April 2014.

The Vikings revealed by science.  Study day including a session on genetic data with Turi King, 17 May 2014.

Fishing in the gene pool for Vikings.  Lecture by Mark Jobling, 23 May 2014.

Viking voices: the Scandinavian impact on the languages and names of Britain.  Members' lecture by Jayne Carroll, 2 June 2014.


The Vikings in Britain and Ireland.  Jayne Carroll, Stephen Harrison and Gareth Williams.  London: British Museum Press. 2014.  ISBN 9780714128313.

Runes.  Martin Findell.  London: British Museum Press.  2014.  ISBN 9780714180298.


'Viking researchers help the British Museum translate Norse culture', featuring Eleanor Rye (video uploaded to Youtube by the University of Nottingham).


'The lives of others in runic inscriptions'.  Guest post by Martin Findell on the British Museum blog, 4 April 2014.

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