Angles, Saxons & Vikings

Ref: C3675811

A look at life “up North” between the Romans and the Normans, a period when the north had a very distinctive history and culture. We will discuss the wider history and impact of the various invaders and look at their influence on the culture and politics of the region north of the Humber. Were the 'Dark Ages' as gloomy as the name suggests? We will consider the legacy of the period and its possible impact on how the North is seen today.

Course aim

An overview of the rich and varied history, life and culture in Northumbria between the Romans' departure and the Norman Conquest. Did the distinctiveness of the region in the 'Dark Ages' influence modern northern identities?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name three rulers of the period and briefly describe their impact
  • Discuss the arrival of Christianity and its progress
  • Describe three significant artefacts from the period and indicate their significance
  • Assess the impact and legacy of the Vikings’ arrival in the region
  • Summarise York’s role during the period

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Note-taking materials may be useful, though the tutor will provide hand-outs at each session.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Angles, Saxons & Vikings

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