1000 years of the Cinque Ports

Ref: C3741547

The thirty eight mediaeval cinque ports of Kent and Sussex have a special place in national history and politics. In this course the peculiar membership of the confederation will be investigated and the reasons why it was considered necessary and desirable. Over time the fortunes of the ports changed principally for geographical reasons and these will be explored alongside their very colourful history. We will look at the physical evidence still extant today of this special status conferred on them. The confederation of the cinque ports still exist as an organisation and we will examine what this means.

Course aim

To increase awareness of the significance of local Kentish places in national history and in this case the thirty eight cinque ports and their role in the defence of England in the middle ages

Who is the course for?

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

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- You may like to bring a pen and paper for notes

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 could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next - Membership of a local history or archaeological society for which details will be given

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1000 years of the Cinque Ports Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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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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