Archaeology of Lincolnshire 3

Ref: C2342186

The course will examine in detail the remains left by the distinct monastic orders which were active in the county, specifically the Cistercians, (the indigenous) Gilbertines and the Urban friars. We will also look at the parochial churches. The course will also cover medieval buildings exploring the counties vernacular building heritage.

Course aim

The course will examine the Medieval archaeology of the County, featuring the different Monastic order and their remains. We will also examine the medieval building traditions of the county from timber to stone and mud to brick.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Describe what features separate the various monastic orders active in Medieval Lincolnshire.
  • Explain why the orders of Friars were latecomers to the county while explaining the odd locations of their Friaries.
  • Show how the monastic knights were able to sustain their activities overseas while dependent on their home kingdoms.
  • Outline the steps needed to build a specifically Lincolnshire traditional medieval dwelling structure.
  • Position the counties medieval 'status' buildings within a national context.

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
  • Course provided by informal, slide illustrated talks, student participation is encouraged.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Aston, Michael. Monasteries, Batsford London 1993. Coppack, Glyn, Abbeys & Priories. Amberley Stroud, 2009. Owen, Dorothy M, Church & Society in Medieval Lincolnshire. SLH&A Lincoln 1981. Roberts, Davis L. Lincolnshire Houses.Ed. Shaun Tyas Donnington Lincs 2018.

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
  • We hope to equip students to be able to fully appreciate excavated monastic sites and gain the maximum form museum displays featuring monastic material.

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Archaeology of Lincolnshire 3


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