Old English field trip to Lindisfarne

Posted on November 16, 2015 by

On Saturday 14th November, a group of LEL second-years taking the Introduction to Old English class set off on a day-long field trip. Due to budgetary constraints (not to mention the health and safety risk of potential grandfather paradoxes) they were not permitted to go back in time. However, lecturer George Walkden opted for the next best thing: a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Students explored the digital facsimile version of the Lindisfarne Gospels, with its Northumbrian Old English gloss, at the Lindisfarne Centre, and learned about the Viking raids on Lindisfarne as well as the Norse impact on the English language. They were also able to explore the ruins of the priory and outskirts of the castle, while solving tricky (and at times filthy) Old English riddles. The coach journey back to Manchester featured a screening of 2007’s animated Beowulf film with Ray Winstone as the eponymous hero. If there is a way to fit more Old English into a day, then Manchet is not aware of it!

Featured image and below: some of the group watching a documentary about the Viking raid of 793.