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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 careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

Wilson lives on the Isle of Man.

See alsoEdit


  • 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.
  • Wilson, David M. (1983). "Sweden — England". In Lamm, Jan Peder & Nordstrom, Hans-Åke. Vendel Period Studies: transactions of the Boat-Grave Symposium in Stockholm, February 2–3, 1981. Studies – The Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm. 2. Stockholm: Statens Historiska Museum. pp. 163–166. ISBN 978-91-7192-547-3. 
  • Wilson, David M. (1984). Anglo-Saxon Art: From the Seventh Century to the Norman Conquest. London: Thames and Hudson.  (US edition: Overlook Press)
  • Wilson, David M. (1986). "England and the Continent in the Eighth Century — An Archaeological Viewpoint". Angli e Sassoni al di qua e al di là del mare: 26 aprile-lo maggio 1984. Settimane di studio del Centro italiano di studi sull'alto Medioevo. XXXII. Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull'alto Medioevo. pp. 219–244. 
  • 1992. Anglo-Saxon Paganism, Routledge.