The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

Ref: C3676058

This course will describe the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Northumbria, its culture, coinage, church history, art & architecture. Using archaeology, air photography, history and manuscripts to show what it was, how long it lasted, what it achieved and what happened to it. Northumbria was one of the most important Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, crucial to the formation of England and will be examined in depth.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, what & where is it? how long did it last? what did it achieve and what are its lasting effects today?

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
  • This course is for adults who would like to find out more about the past, in this case about the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria in which Beverley lay.

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

  • Show what, where and how long the kingdom of Northumbria was.
  • Describe the lasting cultural achievements of the Kingdom.
  • List the principal ecclesiastical sites of the kingdom.
  • Outline the architecture of a typical Anglo-Saxon villages buildings.
  • Show what happened to Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.

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
  • Provided as a friendly, informal, slide illustrated, lecture based class,with ample opportunity for class discussions.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The Anglo-Saxon World, N.J. Higham & M.J. Ryan, 2015, Yale University Press, London. Anglo-Saxon Art, L. Webster, 2012, British Museum Press, London. The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval world, M.P. Brown, 2011, British Library, London.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Museum visits to UK collections with significant collections of Northumbrian material, eg Newcastle, Durham, York, The Ashmolean and British museums, as well as featured sites and monuments.

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The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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