Parish Churches

Ref: C3747263

Changes in architecture, walls adorned with men and women dressed in the latest fashion for their age, epitaphs written with a greater or lesser degree of honesty, beautiful glass, carvings, paintings. Everywhere within our parish churches there are characters and stories from medieval times to the the 20th century. This course considers the unsung galleries that exist in England's parish churches. Join us in discovering and learning to recognise some of the treasures, both celebrated and hidden, to be found in villages all around us.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the veritable galleries of art, fashion, history and of course religious change, from the medieval to the modern, that exists in our parish churches.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • To identify differing styles used in church building and use them to date parts of a church of your choice
  • Locate different styles of church monuments and use various factors in their design e.g stone, decoration, etc to date
  • Explain the purpose of wall paintings and list key themes to be found
  • Explain why fonts are often the oldest objects within a church and use style to date from Saxon to Victorian
  • Identify stone, wood or brasses effigies or memorials in a church/or churches of your choice and draw upon a variety of sources to describe the lives of those commemorated

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing other than your interest in, and love of history

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Parish Churches


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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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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