Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Dr. Colleen Batey is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, with honorary positions at both the University of the Highlands and Islands and Hunter College, New York. For the past 40 years she has been involved in research on the Viking Age in Scotland, Scandinavia, and the North Atlantic, both as director of excavations and teacher. Since 2004, Colleen has combined her research interests with expedition cruising, both as expedition team member and guest lecturer—traveling extensively throughout the world of the Vikings from the Black Sea to Canada! Colleen was the British coordinator of Viking loan material for the highly successful Smithsonian exhibition Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, which toured widely in the U.S. starting in 2000 and attracted several million visitors throughout its run. More recently she was an academic advisor for a PBS/BBC program Uncovering the Vikings, which aired in early 2016. Colleen has published extensively both books and journal articles. She is based in Argyll, in the beautiful—but wet—region of Western Scotland, surrounded by lochs and mountains.