Day School: The Saxons on the Isle of Wight

Ref: C3741240

The course will present the archaeological evidence for the Saxons on the Isle of Wight and teach how to read the clues from the evidence which show the identities, culture and lives of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors, Evidence from the Island's Saxon cemeteries, from excavations at Carisbrooke Castle and Shalfleet and Saxon objects will be studied and archaeological techniques of learning from the past will be learned. The historic sources tell us that our Island's Saxon ancestors were Jutes who arrived in the 5th Century AD, but the archaeological evidence shows a different picture. In this modern era of "fake news", you will learn the skills of identifying and interpreting the clues from this little known source of archaeological evidence. Discover how to find out what life was like for our ancestors throughout the Saxon period from the 5th Century up to the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

Learn about the culture, identities and lives of our Island ancestors (5th to 11th Centuries) from archaeological evidence from Island Saxon cemeteries, recent excavations and metal detected finds.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the clues from archaeological evidence about Saxon Isle of Wight
  • Learn methods to interpret the clues from archaeological evidence to explain what life was like in Saxon times
  • learn information about Saxon Isle of Wight
  • discover places on the Island to visit to learn more about our Saxon heritage

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

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 be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Day School: The Saxons on the Isle of Wight


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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