The southern tip of the Isle of Man from the air. All photos courtesy of Andrew McDonald.
The Isle of Man is a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea with a rich history and heritage from the Viking and Medieval eras.
On location with Professor McDonald
Study Travel Itinerary
We’ll get up close to magnificent Viking Age sculptures and learn how to decode their iconography, and we’ll visit Tynwald Hill, where Vikings held assemblies, kings were made, and where the modern Manx parliament continues to hold an outdoor meeting every year on 5 July.
Free time provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy the Island’s scenic beauty and more modern history and heritage, including the Douglas Promenade, Electric and Steam Railways, Laxey Wheel, and Snaefell.
Important things to note
There are extra costs associated with this course. The travel portion of the course will involve walking for as much as 1km over uneven terrain to visit heritage sites; participants must be physically able to do so.
Meet the professor
Dr. Andrew McDonald (B.A. Trent, M.A. McMaster, Ph.D. Guelph) is an historian of the medieval British Isles, with particular interests in medieval Scotland and the Isle of Man, as well as Late Norse maritime empires of the British Isles. His current research delves into the fascinating and neglected topic of the medieval Norse sea kings of the Isle of Man between 1079 and 1265, and his book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles, 1066-1275 was published in June 2019 by John Donald (Edinburgh). Further work on the topic is in progress, with a particular focus on gender, power and historical writing in the Kingdoms of Man and the Isles.