Archaeology: The story of Brewing and Drinking - Past to Present

Ref: C3677019

Brewing and drinking alcohol has been an integral part of culture in Northern Europe for thousands of years. Using fermented grain, fruit juice and honey people have made alcoholic drink for use in social and ritual activities. How did people brew such beverages over the years, how did they use the beverages? What archaeological evidence do we find for the process? How can archaeologists study the structures and buildings used for brewing and consuming alcohol? How does social history show us the social problems that go with alcohol consumption? How did local industries grow in the Castleford area to grow the raw materials required for brewing and how consuming alcohol was undertaken from the hut of the shaman to medieval houses and the development of public houses and Inns.

Course aim

Introducing the story of brewing and drinking from prehistory right through to today. Get together with a friendly group of learners to talk through the story of drinking, how is it made and what places do we build to make and drink our brews.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is about earning in an environment that welcomes you and makes you feel part of a group. If you are looking for a chance to get out and do something why not join us?

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

  • I will be able to show that I understand how alcoholic beverages are brewed today and in the past.
  • I will be able to discuss the use of alcohol in different periods of British history.
  • I will understand the growth of the brewing industry in Britain and Castleford.
  • I will demonstrate that I understand the way that archaeologists study the cultural use of space in a public house
  • I will be aware of the social problems that came with excessive alcohol consumption in the past and the present. How does culture adapt to both allow drinking and limit it.

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
  • If you feel confident you might like to research and present a topic in this course. We will support you but you don't need to.

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
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • We hope that you will be inspired to do more courses, but we also hope that you will feel part of a community and that you have found a challenging way to get out and meet people.

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Archaeology: The story of Brewing and Drinking - Past to Present

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