Walking Anglo Saxon London

Ref: C2421402

We will take a walk around the physical locations of the former settlement of Lundenwic between Covent Garden and Aldwych (or as much as is practicable in the time). We will end up at the Museum of London where we will consider the walled Anglo-Saxon settlement of Lundenburg and what the artefacts held at the museum tell us about the vanished settlements. Although there is little or nothing left above ground of the settlements the use of written evidence and the later study of found artefacts at the Museum of London will allow us to discuss, imagine and conjecture. We will also be able to talk about how to take such study forward and to think about the legacy of those people and their times.

Additional information about this course

Meeting point by the Eleanor Cross outside Charing Cross Station. Learners will also be taking a London Transport bus part way on this walk.

Course aim

This walk is part of the WEA Art and About Summer Programme and introduces the lost world of Anglo-Saxon Lundonwic and Lundenburg.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the physical outlines of Anglo-Saxon London
  • Outline some of the key events in the history of Anglo-Saxon London
  • Outline some of the key elements of Anglo-Saxon art and culture
  • Go on to research further material on Anglo-Saxon London
  • Interrogate source material with a critical eye

How will I be taught?

  • This course is a gentle walk around what was once Anglo-Saxon Lundenwic and Lundenberg ending up in the Museum of London to study their collection of artefacts from the lost settlements.

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
  • We will walk and talk, discuss and question what we see and what might have been.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Sensible footwear, waterproof clothing (just in case), Oyster Card if you have one as we will catch a bus to the Museum of London from Aldwych. A drink would be a good idea and it's hot - a hat and sun cream. The meeting point is Charing Cross Railway Station by the Eleanor Cross.

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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Walking Anglo Saxon London


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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