The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

Ref: C3676103

The course will look at the archaeology and history of this formative Anglo-Saxon kingdom, using site, artifact, manuscript and air photographic evidence and the newly identified 'York Shilling' series of coins which shed new light on the written history of the period.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, using sites, artifacts, air photographs and manuscripts. The history and archaeology of the kingdom will all be examined.

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 the origins and method of Anglo-Saxon settlement in NE England.
  • List early settlements of the 'Anglian' peoples.
  • Contrast the two competing strands of Christianity within the Kingdom.
  • Outline the economy of the northern Saxons list any indicators of economic activity you know about.
  • Explain why did the kingdom not survive in it's original form.

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
  • 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Hawkes, J. The Golden Age of Northumbria 1996, Tyne and Wear Museum Service, Newcastle. Higham, N.J & Ryan, M.J. The Anglo-Saxon World 2015, Yale U.P. London Webster, L. Anglo-Saxon Art, 2012, BM Press, London

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
  • Visiting featured sites and monuments, visiting museum collections featuring AS Northumbrian material, eg British, Ashmolean, Newcastle and York museums.

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The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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