History - Church Explorers - Gwinear and St Ives

Ref: C3530152

Meeting at Gwinear Church town TR27 5JZ, an opportunity to study two of Cornwall's most interesting churches. One rural, one urban with additional north or south chapels of mid-15th century. The economic motivations of their building will be considered.

Course aim

An opportunity to study two of Cornwall's most interesting churches. One rural, one urban with additional north or south chapels of mid-15th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Curiosity and a willingness to expand observational skills and an interest in exploring medieval churches will help.

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

  • Understand how closely form and function are linked in medieval churches e.g. aisles for processions also had to house side chapels and pews.
  • Discuss some Reformation changes and how these affected churches.
  • List some of the many ways of dating features in Cornish churches using examples from these two churches as your starting point.
  • Achieve some understanding of architectural chronology and identify features of different periods.
  • Describe the changes brought in by the Georgians and Victorians and how these have affected medieval features and atmosphere.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Binoculars may be useful and some internet access desirable, also note taking materials whether IT or pencil and paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you haven't been on Church Explorers before you may like to check sources like Mattingly 'Looking at Cornish Churches', Sedding 'Norman Architecture in Cornwall', Beacham and Pevsner, 'Cornwall' etc

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

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History - Church Explorers - Gwinear and St Ives

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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