About the Society

The Viking Society for Northern Research is dedicated to furthering and promoting the study of the medieval North through publications, meetings and financial support.

The Viking Society publishes an annual periodical, Saga-Book, and numerous editions, translations and studies of medieval Scandinavian texts.

The Society meets three times a year: twice in London and at a different British university each summer. We also organize an annual student conference, and hold an annual dinner, details of which will be announced on the News & Announcements page.

The Society’s Support Fund supports the work of graduate students and independent scholars by providing small grants to members in connection with a particular research project or to facilitate travel to attend conferences, courses, etc. The society also awards prizes to students at British universities who excel in their study of the early North.

Membership is open to all.


The Viking Society was founded in 1892. For a brief history of the Society, see our entry on Wikipedia.

As enshrined in the Law-Book, the purpose of the Viking Society for Northern Research is to give support in research, reading and general interest to all scholars and other members of the public who are interested in the languages, literatures, arts, history, and material culture of medieval Scandinavia and related territories, including the British Isles. The Society holds that this activity must take place in environments free from all cultural prejudice, racism, harassment, and any related unethical behaviour, and that its members must respect this principle in order to gain or retain membership.