David M. Wilson

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Sir David Mackenzie Wilson (born 30 October 1931) is a British archaeologist, art historian, and museum curator, specialising in Anglo-Saxon art and the Viking Age. He is the former Director of the British Museum (1977 – 1992).


From 1941–1950, Wilson was educated at Kingswood School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational) in Bath,[1] followed by St John's College at the University of Cambridge.

Life and career[edit]

Wilson was the Director of the British Museum from 1977 to 1992, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[2] In 1985 he was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson lives on the Isle of Man.

See also[edit]


  • 1964. Anglo-Saxon Ornamental Metalwork 700–1100, in the British Museum, British Museum Press.
  • 1970. The Vikings and their Origins: Scandinavia in the first millennium, Thames and Hudson.
  • 1984. Anglo-Saxon: Art From The Seventh Century To The Norman Conquest, Thames and Hudson (US edn. Overlook Press).
  • 1992. Anglo-Saxon Paganism, Routledge.