Old Frisian Summer School

Anglo-Frisian connections

Oxford, 8th-13th July 2019

Second Old Frisian Summer School: Groningen University, Netherlands, 22-28 June 2020

Old Frisian is an Old Germanic language, most closely related to Old English. Whereas Old English is taught and studied widely, Old Frisian seems to be a well-hidden secret, studied and taught by a just a handful of experts. To unveil some of the linguistic and historic connections between the two 'Anglo-Frisian' languages and to enable students to familiarise themselves with reading Old Frisian texts, the Old Frisian Summer School, a joint venture between the universities of Oxford and Groningen (Netherlands), will be held at Oxford from 8th-13th July 2019.

Who is the summer school for?

The summer school is aimed at students who would like to study Old Frisian in addition to their further (Old) Germanic language skills or interests. The course will be targeted at post-graduate students and be open to students and early career researchers.

What will the day programme look like?

Two lectures will be presented in the mornings by experts in the field. The afternoons will be dedicated to translation workshops and a library visit. The workshops will introduce various Old Frisian texts to be translated in small groups with the help of modern handbooks and led by experts. At the end of the week, students should be able to translate a medium level Old Frisian text by themselves with the help of appropriate handbooks.

The programme includes a tour of the Bodleian Library, a viewing of the Old Frisian manuscripts Codex Aysma and Codex Unia in the Weston Library and a tour of the Taylor Institution Library which holds the Alistair Campbell collection of Frisian books.

The programme can be found here.

Please find a list of speakers below.


For further information about the summer school please contact oldfrisian@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk (for all interested) or ofss@rug.nl (for students of Groningen University).

How to apply

Please register and pay online. The online registration form can be found here. Students from Groningen University may apply directly by contacting ofss@rug.nl.


Deadline for registration: 31st May.

The registration fee includes:

For dinner/evening meals students can explore Oxford pubs or restaurants.


Students will have to arrange their own accommodation. Rooms in colleges may be booked via University Rooms.

Travel and Venue

Heathrow Airport is most convenient for Oxford. The Airline Bus Service to Oxford is frequent and cost-effective.

Directions from the train station

Most lectures and workshops will be held at St Edmund Hall. Information about travel to St Edmund Hall can be found here.

List of Speakers