Local History - Tywardreath

Ref: C3529129

Local history opens doors to understanding a sense of place with 19th century tithe maps taking us back to medieval times. Documents and associated landscapes help in this curious process of unravelling and putting back together; ranging from medieval to 20th century, although the focus will tend to be on earlier and less understood documents. There will be opportunities to gain some basic palaeography skills and pointers for understanding medieval Latin. The search for Tywardreath's medieval priory will be a major theme throughout the course.

Course aim

Introducing students to a wide range of local history sources as well as to landscape history with a particular focus on Tywardreath.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise the importance of historical context when looking at documents.
  • Put different bits of documentation and visual evidence together more effectively to create a story fo place.
  • Gain confidence in reading old documents
  • Discuss the importance of landscape features in determining settlement locations.
  • Conduct further independent research.

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
  • There will be an opportunity to transcribe copies of documents relating to Tywardreath as part of the searching for the priory project.

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
  • Transcription of original documents as above.

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.)
  • Notepad and pencil or pen, I-pad (if own one), cameras etc

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Lionel Munby, Steve Hobbs and Alan Crosby, Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting (2nd ed, 2002) David Dymond, Writing Local History - A Practical Guide (1981+)

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Local History - Tywardreath


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