Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 25/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: International House

How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them?


What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to the variety of primary sources used in the study of Roman and medieval London. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened in the past. You will learn how these materials were created and how we study them. By the end of the course you will have gained an understanding of how we conduct historical research and model London’s past.

What will we cover?

Each week will focus on a different primary source, from maps, to written sources, archaeology and place-names, to discuss these materials and their problems. Classes are designed to be hand-on: you will be introduced to various primary sources, encouraged to explore them, and discuss their potentials and limitations for reconstructing London’s past. Two fieldtrips through Roman and medieval London at the end of the course will allow you to apply your skills of primary source analysis.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

a) Recognise primary sources and considered their potential for revealing the past
b) Have an understanding of the complexities of historical research
c) Have an enhanced appreciation of the materials from Roman, medieval, and early modern London.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You do not need a background in History or Archaeology to enrol on this course. Both new students and those who have completed HLW103 Archaeology of London are welcome. You will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussions throughout the course, and your enjoyment and benefit from it will be enhanced if you approach this course with an open and critical mind as well as an enthusiasm for learning. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts from historical and archaeological texts and journals. You are encouraged to spend time outside the class on independent learning, through written work and private reading, which will consolidate and develop your learning.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A broad range of teaching methods will be used throughout the course, acknowledging that students learn in different ways and have different experiences of learning. The format of the 11 two-hour class meetings will vary week by week but will include formal lectures, group-work and feedback, as well as hands-on activities, and fieldtrips. You should be prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate, and be able to participate in outdoor activities and fieldtrips.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any general history, archaeology or London guided walks starting in September. Please refer to the Build website for details.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Stuart Brookes

Dr Stuart Brookes is Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and has taught at the Build since 2012. He specialises in comparative landscape studies and the archaeologies of state formation, as well as the archaeology and history of London. He has published various works on the archaeology of early medieval Europe, including Beyond the Burghal Hidage: civil defence in Anglo-Saxon England (2013), Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age (2013) and The Kingdom and People of Kent (2010). He is currently working on two major Leverhulme Trust projects: Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia CE 400–800 (UCL), and People and Place: The making of the Kingdom of Northumbria 300–800 CE (Durham University).

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HLW34

Wed, eve, 15 Jan - 25 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £70.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2652

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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