Day School: Stonehenge

Ref: C3744226

The Stonehenge landscape as seen today, took around 1,500 years to develop by people of different cultures and beliefs – no wonder its purpose is still a mystery. This day school will attempt to unravel the competing theories that exist on its purpose and offer a view of why it is where it is; the stages of its development; and its place in British prehistory. In addition, Stonehenge will be considered in the wider context of the spread of farming from the so-called fertile crescent in modern day Iraq throughout Europe and the associated appearance of similar megalithic monuments. Students will have the opportunity to handle artifacts associated with Stonehenge and the Neolithic period.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available-contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To explain why Stonehenge is where it is, the stages it was developed and the latest theories on what its purpose was.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Know how Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments were developed over time.
  • Be aware of the competing theories of the purpose of Stonehenge
  • Understand Stonehenge in the wider context of European megalithic monuments

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

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

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Day School: Stonehenge

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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