Day School: The Chilterns - Ice Age to Iron Age

Ref: C3743191

Climatic change is a hot subject and, if you excuse the pun, none can be hotter than the Ice Age. The last 2.6 million years have seen enormous changes in climate. As a result the UK has been thrust from freezing wastes (as ice sheets spread southwards) to hot and humid interglacials. Such climatic upheavals have shaped the Chiltern Hills. This course will look at the evidence for the Ice Age shaping of the Chilterns, to find information and discover the local story. We will then explore how humans further shaped and used the Chilterns from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. Individual sessions will include glimpses into the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver, but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an insight into what has shaped the Chiltern Hills - the interplay of natural geology and people.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Describe how the Chiltern's landscape became shaped over the last 2.6 million years by natural processes.
  • Describe how people further shaped the landscape by settling, agriculture and building monuments plus more.
  • Know how to use a map and other resources to gain this information.
  • Develop skills to be able to explore more of these ideas in chosen locations after the course.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Local OS maps and ancient maps would be useful if students already own them and can bring them along to the class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: The Chilterns - Ice Age to Iron Age


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