“It’s an on-line talk by Professor Peter Marshall of the University of Warwick, hosted by the Institute for Northern Studies, UHI”
“Sharing stories is part of the lived experience of communities, past, present, and future.” Professor Donna Heddle
The viking grave at Gurness, Mainland, Orkney located where it is now perched perilously close to the edge of the coastline is, remarks Christina Lee, a special link between the old and the new – between the sea and the land.
Over a period of 1,000 years the community which grew up within and around the Scatness Broch in Shetland modified and developed the structures there.
‘When all is said and done, life is first and foremost about salt fish.’ Halldor Laxness, Salka Valda (1931)
The fifth International St Magnus conference hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands Institute for Northern Studies will take place online from Wednesday 14 April.
The Herring Lassies of Scotland were a ‘threat’ to the norms of the day where women were expected to be quiet, work in the home and certainly not travel about. They ‘took the power to themselves’ explained Professor Heddle and ‘chose a voice for themselves’.
They had a language that was sophisticated and culturally diverse. They defied the social norms of their day and were a crucial workforce.
Dr David Griffiths of Oxford University and his team have been researching the archaeological landscapes of West Mainland.
The highest density of Norse runic inscriptions in Scotland are from Orkney. But what can we tell from them about the people who carved them ?