The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria

Ref: C3677096

This course will introduce students to the archaeology, art, architecture, history and culture of the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. We will examine its origins, development and demise through the prism of its artifacts and surviving building remains in order to present an up-to-date overview of the Kingdom.

Course aim

This course offers an introduction to the archaeology, art and history of the 6th, 7th and 8th century Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. We will examine artifacts, manuscripts and sites (including air photographs) to give a balanced overview.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • This course is designed to follow on from previous sessions at this particular center ,however, new students will be welcomed.

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

  • Explain the origins of the Anglian 'Saxons' and the mechanics of the 'Migration'.
  • Outloine the political culture of the Northumbrian Kingdom.
  • Contrast the cultures and effects of the two competing strands of Christianity in the Kingdom.
  • Discuss the economy of the villages and countryside in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.
  • Highlight the artistic achievement of the Kingdom and discuss its 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The course will be presented as a series of informal. slide illustrated lectures, student participation is encouraged and discussion welcomed.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The Golden Age of Northumbria. Jane Hawkes, 1996 Sandhill Press, Morpeth The Lindisfarne Gospels. Michelle P. Brown. 2011.The British Library London Anglo-Saxon Art, Leslie Webster 2012. British Museum Press, London The Anglo-Sacon World. Nicholas J. Higham 2015. Yale University Press, London

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Visits to Saxon archaeological sites in Northumbria and museums holding Northumbrian artifact, art and sculpture in their collections.

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The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria

Enrolment Conditions

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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