How Dark were the Dark Ages in Castleford?

Ref: C3672695

The Dark Ages seem like a mysterious time in history. The Roman army left the people to rule themselves, there are fewer clues about them. But evidence is growing about living by the rivers and in the hills nearby. This is a chance to join a friendly group to find out more. Castleford is famous for its Roman connections, but what happened after the Roman Army left? The Britons were still here and built new kingdoms, like Elmet. They thrived and were confronted by the Anglo Saxons and then Vikings. How much do we know about them? What religion did they follow? How did they exploit the landscape built during Roman times all around them? Our course will be based on talks that soon lead to discussion allowing learners to have their own ideas about the evidence. The atmosphere is fun and chatty, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge. We will use local resources such as the museum in Castleford and examples from the Yorkshire Landscape.

Course aim

Explore the Dark Ages in the Castleford area. Learning with a welcoming group, about a time that we know more about than you may expect.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate in discussion an understanding of the way that the Romans left Britain.
  • Demonstrate the confidence to have an opinion about who the Britons and Anglo Saxons were.
  • Participate in discussion of why the settlement at Castleford changed in the Dark Ages.
  • Participate in discussion of the presentation of the Dark Ages or Early Medieval period in the local museum.
  • Recognise the evidence for and against a mass movement of Anglo Saxon people to Yorkshire.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • We will visit the local history museum at Castleford Museum. This is free and is a short walk from the Queen's Mill.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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How Dark were the Dark Ages in Castleford?


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