About

My current role is Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. My work involves communicating our research about the Vikings to a non-specialist audience. This included curating the record-breaking Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands exhibition which ran from 15th December 2017 to 8th April 2018. I also organised a highly successful series of public engagement lectures to run in tandem with the exhibition.

Prior to moving to Nottingham, I was the IRC ‘New Horizons’ post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings.

I was formerly an archaeologist for twenty years, and have worked more recently as a historical consultant while completing my PhD: Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life. I have a BA in Scandinavian Studies, specialising in Norwegian language, literature and culture, and an MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies. My work has included advising various authors about Vikings for their books, most recently the English language translation of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga manga, and I currently have a book in print called Vikings: Raids. Culture. Legacy which I wrote with my friend and colleague Dr Marjolein Stern.

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One Response to About

  1. Melda Malek says:

    Would any of your other jobs include teaching English, History and Latin at a now defunct school in Newbiggin-by-the-sea?

    If yes, I think you were my teacher. How many Ruarigh Dales can there be in the world who’s an archeologist, loves horses and an expert in anything Viking?!

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