I do enjoying living in Wales surrounded by countryside. The lambs are beginning to fill the fields around the town and snowdrops are blossoming in the front garden, and with the sun shining over the fields even the llamas seem to be enjoying themselves.
The initial stages of my PhD research seem to be going reasonably well. I have located all my sources and I’m in the process of transcribing and translating them ready for further analysis. I have managed to restrain myself from going to overboard at this stage and I have limited myself to works written in Anglo-Norman and Middle English.
The only times I really miss London is when it comes to buses – we nearly lost our bus route just before Christmas – and when something wonderful happens at one of the London museums. Which takes me to the breakfast news this morning and to the segment on the Viking exhibition at the British Museum. It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful exhibit.
As with just about every medieval history undergraduate I too had a great time researching the Vikings, reading the sagas and having heated discussions over the mix of creativity and violence so it’s good to see the Vikings being portrayed ‘in the round’ so to speak and it’s an exhibition I hope to get time to see in the flesh if only for the jewellery and the ship.
If any of you do get to see it before me then let me know what you think of it.
To go with the exhibition the BM is also showing two films at selected cinemas across the UK – one general and one aimed at children. So at the very least I will get tickets for that.
For more info on the Vikings in the BM click here.