Nottinghamshire Castles

Ref: C2342645

Taking into account the book Castles of Nottinghamshire, and over a decade of subsequent fieldwork and research, this course offers a detailed insight into a county that can offer Norman motte and bailey castles, a royal fortress, castles built for bishops, fortified manor houses and late mediaeval gatehouses. Taught as discussion seminars, with the additional option of a field trip, over thirty Nottinghamshire sites will be placed in the wider context of mediaeval castle studies. Learners will engage with a variety of castles, great houses and palaces in order to understand their architectural and archaeological development from the Saxon period up until the English Civil War.

Course aim

Placing local castles in Nottinghamshire into their wider context and understanding their development, purposes and histories

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:

  • Explore the architectural development of castles alongside wider themes in current castle studies
  • Describe the range and diversity of mediaeval castles which can be found in Nottinghamshire
  • Identify at least two of the various techniques that can be employed in analysing mediaeval castles including documentary research, using historic maps, geophysical survey, archaeological excavation and architectural history
  • Summarise the changes to castles after the mediaeval period and how they were used during the English Civil War
  • A practical observation session allowing learners to utilise new skills from the classroom on site at Newark Castle

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
  • A site visit to Newark Castle

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Nottinghamshire Castles

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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