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Anna Gannon, MA, PhD Cantab, FSA

Dottore in Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università Cattolica, Milan (Italy)
Fellow, St Edmund's College Cambridge
Affiliated Lecturer, History of Art Department, University of Cambridge

Contact details

St Edmund's College, Cambridge CB3 0BN
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Interests

Anna Gannon is an early medieval art historian, working on the art and culture of Late Antiquity, the Anglo-Saxon and other Germanic peoples. She specialises in Insular art and the iconography of early Anglo-Saxon coinage. She has worked at the British Museum as Assistant Curator for early medieval coinage and treasure cases, and maintains strong links with the Department of Coins & Medals of the Fitzwilliam Museum. She lectures for the Department of History of Art and is the author of The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage and of several articles offering an art-historical perspective on numismatics.

Publications

  • 'Series K: eclecticism and entente cordiale', in Two Decades of Discovery, Studies in Early Medieval Coinage 1, ed. T. Abramson (Woodbridge 2008), 45-52.
  • 'A Chip off the Rood', in Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, eds Karen Louise Jolly, Catherine E. Karkov & Sarah Larratt Keefer (Morgantown WV 2008), 153-71.
  • 'Three coins in a fountain', in Roma Felix – Formation and Reflections of Medieval Rome, eds É. Ó Carragáin & C. Neuman de Vegvar (Aldershot 2007), 287-306.
  • 'Pushing Boundaries: some Anglo-Saxon Zoomorphic Metalwork', in Making and Meaning in Insular Art, ed. R. Moss (Dublin 2007), 40-49.
  • 'Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery', in Coinage and History in the North Sea World (c. 500-1250), eds B. Cook and G. Williams (Leiden 2006), 193-208.
  • 'The Five Senses and Anglo-Saxon Coinage', in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 13, ed. S. Semple (Oxford 2006), 97-104.
  • 'I Signori degli Anelli: confronti e prospettive', in Anulus sui effigii. Identità e rappresentazione negli anelli-sgillo longobardi (Atti della giornata di studio, Milano Università Cattolica, 29 Aprile 2004), ed. S. Lusuardi Siena (Milan 2006), 3-11.
  • 'Riches in Heaven and on Earth: some thoughts on the iconography of coinage at the time of Æthelbald', in Æthelbald and Offa. Two Eighth-Century Kings of Mercia Papers from a Conference held in Manchester in 2000 at the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, BAR British Series 383, eds D. Hill and M. Worthington (Oxford 2005), 133-8.
  • (ed.) Treasure Annual Report 2003 (London 2005) (as general editor and contributor for the Departments of Coins & Medals and Prehistory & Europe of the British Museum).
  • (ed.) Treasure Annual Report 2002 (London 2004) (as general editor and contributor for the Departments of Coins & Medals and Prehistory & Europe of the British Museum).
  • 'Quando una Tradizione è una Novità: le prime monete Anglosassoni', in La Tradizione Iconica come Fonte Storica, eds Maria Caccamo Caltabiano, Daniele Castrizio & Mariangela Puglisi (Reggio di Calabria 2004), 517-27.
  • 'Animali sulle prime monete Anglosassini. Simboli di potere spirituale o temporale?', in L'immaginario e il potere nell'iconografia monetale: Dossier di lavoro del seminario di studi LIN, Milano 11 Marzo 2004 (Milano 2004), 153-160.
  • The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage (6th-8th centuries), Oxford 2003
  • 'The Anglo-Saxons: The Not-So-Dark Ages', Saxon 38 (2003).
  • 'King of all Beasts — Beast of all Kings. Lions in Anglo-Saxon Coinage and Art', Medieval Animals , ed. A. Pluskowski, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 18 (2002), 22-36.
  • 'Two small hoards of William I' (with G. Williams) British Numismatic Journal 71 (2002), 162-4.
  • 'La formula anglosassone delle nove erbe', Ævum: Rassegna di Scienze storiche linguistiche e filologiche 54 (1980), 283-6 (as Anna Giraudo).

Forthcoming:

  • Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles. British Museum Early Anglo-Saxon gold and Anglo-Saxon and Continental coinage of the North Sea I, British Museum Publications.
  • '... And Pretty Coins All in a Row', proceedings of the British Museum conference: Shaping Understanding, March 2002, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, eds L. Webster and H Hamerow (Oxford).
  • 'The Brantham Hoard', British Numismatic Journal.

Appointments and academic history

2006–

University of Cambridge — History of Art Department: Affiliated Lecturer

2004—2006

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge – Department of Coins and Medals: Assistant EMC Single Finds Project.

2003—2006

British Museum — Department of Prehistory and Europe: Special Assistant for the Portable Antiquity Scheme: Treasure Cases and Editor for 2002 and 2003 Treasure Annual Reports to Parliament.

2001—2003

British Museum — Department of Coins and Medals: Assistant Curator Early Medieval Coins.

2001

Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford: Knots and Crosses
24 April — 9 September 2001. An exhibition on Anglo-Saxon art and coinage organised for the Heberden Coin Room.

2001

Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley, University of Cambridge: Tutor for History of Art.

2000—2001

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge — Department of Coins and Medals: Assistant on SCBI online project.

1994—2001

University of Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College
2001: Ph.D., History of Art: The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage (6th-8th centuries)
1997: C.P.G.S., History of Art
1996: BA (Hons), History of Art

1974—1978

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan (Italy)
Assistente Borsista Ministeriale - Filologia Germanica (State Research Fellowship — German Philology).

1969—1973

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan (Italy)
Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere (English and German: Language, Literature and Philology).

Other Responsibilities

Tutor and Co-Admissions Tutor (St Edmund's College)
Director of Studies for History of Art (St Edmund's, Lucy Cavendish, Wolfson and Fitzwilliam Colleges)

2004—2005

Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley, University of Cambridge: Director of Studies for History of Art.

2004

University of Cambridge — Administrative Officer: Academic Advisor for PHEP (Pathways in Higher Education Practice).

Conferences

  • Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2008: 'Coins and Icons: Christ and the Virgin'.
  • BANS Cambridge 5 July 2008: 'The aesthetics of Anglo-Saxon Coinage'.
  • Kalamazoo International Medieval Conference, May 2007: 'Coins and Icons'.
  • Fifth International Conference on Insular Art 'Making and Meaning' Trinity College, Dublin 25-28 August 2005: 'Pushing Boundaries: some Anglo-Saxon Zoomorphic Metalwork'.
  • Università Cattolica, Milan, April 2004 I Signori degli Anelli: 'Anelli-sigillo e rappresentazioni frontali: alcune considerazioni'.
  • Seminario di Studi del LIN, Milan 11 March 2004: 'Animali sulle prime monete anglosassoni: simboli di potere spirituale o temporale?'
  • Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2003: 'Three Coins in a Fountain'.
  • Primo Incontro di Studi del LIN, Messina, March 2003: 'Quando una tradizione e' una novita': le prime monete anglosassoni'.
  • Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2002: 'Designs with Meaning — Meaning with Design'.
  • Norwich, The Postwick Matrix, June 2002: 'The iconography of the obverse'.
  • Kalamazoo International Medieval Conference, May 2002: 'A Chip off the Rood'
  • British Museum London Shaping Understanding, March 2002: '... And Pretty Coins All in a Row'.
  • BANS Cambridge September 2001: 'Through the Eye of a Needle'.
  • Manchester Conference of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, Æthelbald and Offa, March 2000: 'Riches in Heaven and on Earth'.