Local History:Kentish Tales

Ref: C3741515

This course will explore mediaeval Kentish history through the eyes of a monk, a knight, a farmer, a miller and a groom along with some others. There are many references in old documents about people of all trades and occupations. We will take some named characters from the 11th to 15th centuries and show how they and their colleagues lived and worked and how they managed the great upheavals of their mediaeval world

Course aim

Through the eyes of real Kentish characters we will explore what mediaeval life was like for people of different occupations and status

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • An understanding of English is essential

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

  • Describe at least two significant historical events in mediaeval Kent
  • Locate original historical documents for my area
  • Give examples of three different types of dwelling in Mediaeval Kent
  • Describe how the justice system worked in my area
  • List some important feast days

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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

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
  • Join your local history society, or Kent Archaeological Society

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Local History:Kentish Tales


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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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