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Department of Archaeology

Bede’s World Mini Module with Durham University Department of Archaeology

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Welcome to The Anglo-Saxon World – a mini module run at Bede’s World by Durham University Archaeology Department. This is a short intensive module for the public which requires no previous knowledge of the subject area, but does take participants in-depth into an exploration of the early medieval world of Bede. The module involves a wide range of hands-on-activities and training using the unique resources of Bede’s World. Join us to learn about health and disease in the early medieval era, find out what people ate and how they lived their lives. Our evening sessions will run in the museum giving unrivalled and unique evening access to exhibits and the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm. The sessions are delivered by PhD students from Durham University and staff members, combining general training with detailed knowledge relating to their research areas. The module is not accredited and is designed for general public interest. We welcome anyone over 14 and adults of ages are welcome. No prior knowledge is needed. The module handbook can be downloaded here for free and you can use this to find out more about the activities at each session.

Evening classes will run on Thursday evenings from 7.00 – 8.30 pm.

The venue is Bede’s World Museum, Jarrow.

Please arrive for 6.45 pm for tea and biscuits. Teaching begins at 7.00pm

Sessions last for 90 minutes.

Eight sessions will run. Bookings can be made for one or multiple sessions and a reduced rate is offered for a booking for all eight sessions. Single and multiple sessions can be booked at £7.50 per person but a block booking can be made for all 8 sessions for £35.

30th April Session I: Introduction: Anglo-Saxon Life-ways
7th May  Session II: Dying and the Dead
14th May Session III: Diet, Health and Disease
21st May Session IV: Dress and Fashion
28th May Session V: Belongings, Objects and Artefacts
4th June Session VI: Landscape and the Built Environment
11th June Session VII: Religion and Belief: Architecture and Monuments 
18th June Session VIII: Early Medieval Food

Bookings should be made by contacting either:

Visitor Information:
Education Officer, Claire Douthwaite:

 Bede's World
 Church Bank
 Tyne & Wear
 NE32 3DY

Alternatively, call reception any day of the week on 0191 489 2106.


A cap of 15 places exists for the module.