Dr Lisa Collinson

Dr Lisa Collinson

Academic Engagement & Research Lead


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The University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen



Academic Engagement and Research Lead, Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen


Teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen


Research Fellow for University of Aberdeen project: 'Pathways to Power: The Rise of the Early Kingdoms of the North'.

Feb-May 2013

AHRC-funded Cultural Engagement post, developing researcher-led events in University of Aberdeen May Festival.


Coordinator of Medieval Nordic Laws Project (funded by Leverhulme Trust)



PhD, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic University of Cambridge 2004
Royal Entertainment in Three Norse Kings' Saga Compilations: Morkinskinna, Heimskringla, and Fagrskinna
MPhil, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic University of Cambridge 1999
MA(Hons), Scandinavian Studies University of Edinburgh 1998

Research Overview

Emerging interests in themes related to use of museums and special collections. Core research background: medieval literary, legal and other cultural history (Scandinavia and the British Isles). 


Cruel and Unusual: an intermedia, research-based performance, with Adam Cresser, Ross Whyte and Candy Hatherley (11th May 2013, Divinity Library, University of Aberdeen).

Cruel and Unusual (The Witching Hour): reworking of 2013 performance (24th April 2014, Woodend Barn)


Available for co-supervision of research projects. Previous experience in training, co-supervising and examining PhD researchers.

Research Funding and Grants

'Open to All: digital engagement with the University of Aberdeen museum collections', Museums Galleries Scotland (2021-2022)

'Caring and Sharing: responsible curation of the North American cultural collections at the University of Aberdeen', Museums Galleries Scotland (2019-2022)

'Artists, Academics and Ancient Texts Performance Workshops', AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award (May 2014-Feb 2015).

Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Newcastle, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

During these workshops, PhD candidates and early career researchers from a mixture of arts and humanities backgrounds responded creatively to ancient texts, and explored the nature of their creative responses, guided by Lisa Collinson (medievalist) and Ruth Barker (performance artist). A core workshop for nine participants washeld at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow in October 2014, and follow-up workshops with scratch performances were held in Aberdeen and Glasgow during the following weeks.


Teaching Responsibilities

Available to help design and deliver collections-related teaching. Significant previous experience teaching and co-ordinating history and literature courses at the University of Aberdeen. 



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  • The Borgarthing Law and the Eidsivathing Law: The Laws of Eastern Norway

    Collinson, L., Landro, T. (ed.), Nilsson, B. (ed.)

    Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Review of The Vikings in Ireland and beyond: before and after the battle of Clontarf ed. by Howard B. Clarke and Ruth Johnson (Dublin, 2015)

    Collinson, L.

    Celtica, vol. 30, pp. 214-217

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Welsh Law in Thirteenth-Century Sweden: Women, Beasts, and Players

    Collinson, L.

    Speculum, vol. 92, no. 3, pp. 755-786

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives

    Collinson, L., Caldwell, D. (ed.), Hall, M. A. (ed.)

    Archaeological Journal, vol. 173, no. 2, pp. 380

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Review of Peter Fj├ągesund, The Dream of the North: A Cultural History to 1920 (Amsterdam, 2014)

    Collinson, L. A.

    Northern Studies: the journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies, vol. 47 (2015), pp. 153-155

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Ancient cattle mysteries: Rhynie and beyond

    Collinson, L. A.

    Leopard Magazine, vol. Dec/Jan, pp. 59-61

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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