Archaeology- The Medieval World on our Doorstep, Peasants,Lords and the Church

Ref: C3673369

Here is a chance to learn about life in the Medieval Period. In a friendly atmosphere we will learn about and talk about everyday life for medieval people. What did people in a village like Castleford do for work? How did they organise their village, what did you do to entertain yourself? We will also look at the houses people lived in, why did some villages fail and become deserted or shrank in size. Was it all to do with the Black Death? We will also talk about who ruled the peasants. What did they think was important in life? We will also look at the life of people associated with the church. Some became very wealthy and lived in the same world as the Lords. But what about the village priests, Monks, Friars and Nuns. How did they live their lives? We will also look at how a Medieval Village celebrated Christmas. Our courses at the Queens Mill are very welcoming and really do give beginners the chance and confidence to have their own opinion on our subjects.

Course aim

Castleford was a medieval village, learn in a friendly group all about life as a peasant or a Lord, Lady, Priest, Monk or Nun.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Demonstrate in discussion an understanding of the way that Medieval Villages like Castleford were laid out.
  • Demonstrate the confidence to have an opinion about life for a Medieval Peasant.
  • Participate in discussion of the relationship between the ruling elites and the Peasants.
  • Participate in creating a day by day account of Medieval Christmas posted onto the Queens Mill Archaeology Facebook page.
  • Recognise and relate the different reasons for the desertion of medieval villages.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Archaeology- The Medieval World on our Doorstep, Peasants,Lords and the Church


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