#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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