Dr Lisa Collinson

Dr Lisa Collinson
Dr Lisa Collinson

Dr Lisa Collinson

Academic Engagement & Research Lead


Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen

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

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.

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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  • Review of Katherine Holman, The Northern Conquest (Oxford, 2007)

    Collinson, L. A.
    Northern Studies: the journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies, vol. 43, pp. 137-140
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • A new etymology for Hamlet?: The names Admlithi, Amloði, and Amlethus

    Collinson, L. A.
    Review of English Studies, vol. 62, no. 257, pp. 675-694
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Royal entertainment in Morkinskinna, Heimskringla, and Fagrskinna

    Collinson, L. A.
    Mediaeval Scandinavia, vol. 15, pp. 37-49
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Wolf Miracle in Magnúss saga lengri

    Collinson, L. A.
    Northern Studies: the journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies, vol. 35, pp. 39-57
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals