The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

Ref: C3676104

This course will examine the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, using archaeological, air photographic, numismatic and historical evidence including the recently re-interpreted 'York shilling' evidence. Looking at the role of the churche(s)! against the background of the other competing kingdoms, the origins of the Anglians, the economy of the villages, trade and the urban settlements, art and architecture. Also what the Kingdom achieved and its demise. We will also include a session on the Prehistoric Orkneys and Neolithic Scotland.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. We will use artifacts, manuscripts, air photographs and sites to explore this formative Anglo-Saxon Kingdom, its achievements and demise.

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:

  • Explain the origins of the Anglian 'Saxons' and the mechanics of the 'Migration'
  • Outline the political culture of the Northumbrian Kingdom.
  • Contrast the culture and effects of the two competing strands of Christianity in the Kingdom.
  • Discuss the economy of the villages and countryside in Anglo-Saxon Northunbria.
  • Highlight the artistic achievements of the kingdom and discuss it's demise.

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 & Wear Museum service, Newcastle. Webster, L. Anglo-Saxon Art, 2012 British Museum Press, London. Higham, N.J. & Ryan,M.J. The Anglo-Saxon World, 2013, Yale U P 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
  • Visits to featured sites and museums holding Anglo-Saxon Northumbrian material, eg British, Ashmolean, Newcastle and Yorkshire 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
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  • 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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