#OEWater – Sound Hoard – Midsummer Water Day 21 June 2014

Fran’s wonderful write-up of Midsummer Water Day, as well as recordings of us reading different Old English watery words and poetry…

a medieval modern scrapbook

This Saturday saw the climax of King’s Cultural Institute’s collaboration with the Museum of Water in Somerset House: The Midsummer Water Day.

As part of the day-long programme of events – which included singing workshops, poetry readings, science experiments, and contributions from King’s’ Geography and English departments – the Anglo-Saxonist PhD students brought the @OEWordHord to life in the form of the Old Water Hoard.

(Before I go on, I must link you to PhD candidate Hana’s write up on the OEwordhord website which features plenty of photos from the day.)

The Old Water Hoard occupied a foyer, a hall way, a passing place amongst the other Midsummer activities.

[photo to come once my phone agrees to work – the Water Hoard in situ!]

Visitors could participate in and contribute to the Water Hoard in many ways. They were invited to explore Old English watery words – hitherto collected from…

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Old English Wæter-hord at Midsummer Water Day

Pictures from today’s Old English Wæter-hord at Somerset House, a Midsummer Water Day event.


Old English magnetic poetry: fantwæter nicor lagufæðme lagu baptismal water – water monster (hippo?) – watery embrace – WATER!


Wordhorders tweeted their favourite Old English water words throughout the day.


A more extensive Old English water poem with a German title


Inventive Old English: mere-cwen for ‘sea-queen’. Also a shark and an electric eel.


Vicky and Fran reading some Orosius


Carl and Zach reading about the Flood in Old English


James sharing the Old English poem ‘The Whale’ — see blog post on fastitocalon


Jellyfish enjoying listening to Old English poetry!


Fill in the blank in the manuscript with Old English Exodus…Moses parts the Red Sea!

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wæter, n.n: water.

Today marks the start of the Museum of Water exhibit at Somerset House, a live artwork by Amy Sharrocks. The Old English Wordhord of King’s College London is coming to the exhibit on Saturday 21 June for our Wæter-hord event, part of Midsummer Water Day, free entry, 12:00-17:30.

@OEWordhord will tweet Old English watery words during the two weeks leading up to the event.

If you have a favourite Old English word related to water (or a watery word you’d like to know how to say in Old English), please tweet it to @OEWordhord using the hashtag #OEwater. These words will be part of our Wæter-hord event on 21 June.  Also, there will be a screen for live-tweeting your #OEwater words on the day, so even if you aren’t in London, you can join us virtually at the event.

Browse the Old English Wordhord’s water words here on the blog.