English Mediaeval Castles: An Archaeological Approach

Ref: C2342488

Using architectural history, buildings archaeology, art history and landscape studies the purposes, status and developments of mediaeval castles are scrutinised in depth. Drawing on practical experience of fieldwork and research this course and is set against the backdrop of contemporary approaches to castle studies. Initially discussing the definition of what a castle is (and isn’t!), the architectural development of castles, great houses and palaces is traced. Subsequently, a wider approach is taken – looking at landscapes of lordship castle builders, and household staff in castle life.

Course aim

To gain an introduction to ways of understanding and analysing the archaeology and architecture of English mediaeval castles and great houses

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:

  • Identify the architectural development of castles alongside wider themes in current castle studies
  • Define what a castle is, understand the diversity of castle designs and the relationship between patrons and builders
  • Explain the impact of castles upon the wider landscape
  • Explore the ritualised hierarchy of life in castles
  • Analyse how the study of physical structures can be applied to the study of daily life at all levels of society in castles

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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

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English Mediaeval Castles: An Archaeological Approach

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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