Church Explorers - St Germanus

Ref: C3529100

St Germans priory and St Germanus church, Rame are very different in scale, plan and location, but share the same French saint as patron. Together they include architectural remains covering some of the best of Romanesque and Gothic church architecture in Cornwall. Hence it is possible to do an on-site potted history of Cornish church architecture in a day. In addition, the chapel of St Michael at Rame Head, which will be visited in the afternoon, is one of the best preserved of all Cornwall's chapels.

Course aim

Telling the story of Cornish church architecture through two very different medieval churches and a chapel, linked by a shared saint.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • There will be some walking involved in this course.

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

  • Explain the difference between Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
  • Recognise the phasing and dating of Cornish churches.
  • Discuss the life of St Germanus.

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
  • This is a site based course and teaching will be done using the buildings and observational skills of the students.

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
  • Handouts will be supplied.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Walking shoes and wet weather gear as well as warm clothes as churches can be cool, shooting sticks possibly. Notebook and paper/pen, cameras etc.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Joanna Mattingly, Looking at Cornish Churches (2005) Nicholas Pevsner and Peter Beacham, Cornwall (corrected edition, 2014) Paul Holden ed., New research on Cornish Architecture - Celebrating Pevsner (2017)

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Church Explorers - St Germanus


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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