Heroes and Monsters

Medieval Fact or Fiction

Join us we unearth the medieval truths in our talks series and hands-on demonstrations. Meet our experts and enthusiasts as they shed some light on the Dark Ages. Discover the Heroes and Monsters that influence cosplay and other forms of today's pop culture.

Free Talks

Saturday 23 January 2016
Beowulf and the Early English Imagination

Talks: 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Theatre, Level 2
Beowulf is a story of swamp monsters and dragons, heroic deeds and tragic defeats. But what does this epic poem tell us about the Anglo-Saxon age in which it was composed (fifth to eleventh century)? This talk provides a lively introduction to the Anglo-Saxons, their language, literature, culture, and explores why Western culture continues to be fascinated with monsters.

Speaker: Dr Kim Wilkins
Dr Kim Wilkins is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication & Arts, University of Queensland. She is also the author of 26 novels and is published in 20 languages. Her latest novels are Anglo-Saxon inspired historical fantasy epics.

Sunday 24 January 2016

Viking Heroes and Crusading Villains: How Medieval Men Continue to Rescue, Defend, and Destroy Modern Societies
Talks: 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Theatre, Level 2

Speaker: Dr Oliver Chadwick
Dr Oliver Chadwick has a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Queensland. His research explores masculinity in contemporary medievalism with particular interest in digital gaming, comic books, and masculine subcultures.

Free Demonstrations

Saturday  23 January & Sunday 24 January 2016
Throw light on the Dark Ages
11:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Suitable for all ages
INVENTory, Level 4
Investigate the Early Medieval era of Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Goths and Celts. Who were the "Barbarians" and how can we recognise them in Hollywood and in history?
Compare genuine and replica weapons, armour and other artefacts. Use white gloves like a real archaeologist and dress for the fall of the Roman Empire with a few simple steps to become an Instant Barbarian.

Image credit from top: The death of Beowulf illustration by George Timothy Tobin (1909) & Thor character illustration by Olivier Coipel


Event Details

23 January 2016 - 24 January 2016
Level 2 Foyer

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