Monday, 6 June 2016

The Gosforth Cross is the most important Viking Age carving in England. This slender sandstone sculpture, 4.43 metres tall, has survived 1050 years of weather, with its carvings still displaying an amazingly sophisticated blend of Norse Sagas and Christian Tradition. It deserves to be far better known.                                              

And the social background of its composition is also fascinating. At the time the cross was made, the area now known as Cumbria seems to have been one where Viking migrants and the longer-established Saxons lived in peace. The opening sequence of the first of the films below gives the most likely explanation.                                  

These resources have been made for an RSA Fellowship project about the Gosforth Cross undertaken with Richard Cobden Primary, Camden and Gosforth CE Primary, Cumbria. 

The project has been substantially enhanced by the work of Professor Dominic Powlesland of the Landscape Research Centre who made a 3D scan of the cross, produced in collaboration with the Leverhulme Trust 'Impact of Diasporas' research programme at the University of Leicester. 

The lesson plan below uses the same materials devised for the two primary schools and incorporates the films they helped make.



Lesson planning used in the Gosforth Cross project
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4YVdmNUJINXIyOFk

Alternative/Extra Activities
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4d09CYUNPeTlKeWc


Resources used in the lessons;


Reading the Gosforth Cross: Cumbria version


Reading the Gosforth Cross: V&A version



RamsundenStone.pdf
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4ZU42SXFTU1c5MXc

Sigurd.pdf
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4OTNFc3kyRFZYMGc

GCParker1917.jpg  

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4OV9UOWFqWFpCZ1E

HaltonCross.pdf
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4LS0zQkJWVlkwWEE

ChristianSources.pdf

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4VE0zdVgzeVprZ2M 

Ragnarokr.pdf
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4dTZLRGNpaFBJX1E

SigurdVolsungaSaga.pdf
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9OXqsakRXD4THBKN0daV3Q5MTA



Further Resources

Here is the medium resolution version of Professor Powelsland's Scan...





And the medium resolution with colour...



And the scan made of the 'Loki Stone' at St Stephen's Church, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria...

Dominic explaining the value of scanning objects like the Gosforth Cross...






... and how the scan is made.