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Getting Medieval

19 May 2010

Step back in time and try your hand at writing a medieval charter or making a medieval pot as part of a Cardiff University event to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week.

Held at Cosmeston Medieval Village on Saturday 22nd May 2010, Getting Medieval will give both adults and children the chance to explore medieval life and experience first-hand some of the customs and practices of the time.

The one-day collaborative event involving the University’s School of History and Archaeology, the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, will include hand-on workshops during which visitors can handle medieval objects and weapons, listen to fireside sagas, create their own stories or find out about how medieval people grew their crops and raised their animals.

Speaking about the event, Dr Dave Wyatt, of the School of History and Archaeology said: "For several years now Cardiff University has run a successful community archaeology project at Cosmeston Medieval Village, which is a brilliant location for learning about the past. But Getting Medieval is about more than history and archaeology - the day will include tasters in modern languages, science, creative writing, digital photography and music - all with a medieval theme! People can bring their children along to join in the fun; they can make a medieval pot, write a medieval charter with a feather quill, try out archaeological drawing, listen to medieval music or learn some French or Welsh.

"The day does have a serious purpose too and that is to encourage adults to think about getting back into education and to learn new skills during these difficult economic times. There will be plenty of information and advice available about educational opportunities in the Vale of Glamorgan and at Cardiff University. The day really has been great fun to organise and I hope that lots of people will come along and get medieval!"

Getting Medieval is one of a number of events being held to mark Adult Learners’ Week, the UK’s largest festival and celebration of adult learning, co-ordinated by NIACE Dysgu Cymru and core-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, and the European Social Fund.

Adult Learners’ Week is a campaign which offers adults the chance to have a go at learning something new by trying out one of the hundreds of free taster sessions that happen across Wales during the week. It is also an opportunity for learning providers to showcase their provision.

Getting Medieval runs from 10.30am-3.30pm on 22nd May. The event is free and there is no need to book a place – just turn up on the day. More information is available by calling the Centre for Lifelong Learning 029 2087 0000 or by visiting the following website:


Notes to editors

1. Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
The School of History and Archaeology carries out teaching and research in four main areas: History and Welsh History; Ancient History; Archaeology; and Archaeology Conservation.

History and Welsh History offers a broad survey of the main aspects from the medieval period to the twentieth century. Areas of expertise include: Medieval England, the Crusades, military religious orders; early modern England and Wales; early modern Spain; and modern Indian historiography and gender history. The broad area of Europe and the British Empire in the Twentieth Century encompasses such research themes as: modern Germany; biological racism and ethics; the Right in France; and the Wilson era in British politics. Areas of expertise in Welsh history include early modern Wales; the gentry; industrialisation; popular culture and Welsh emigration/dispersal (with particular reference to North America)

Ancient History focuses on the social and economic history of the ancient world, with particular emphasis on: warrior elites; warfare and the formation; organisation and social effects of armies; violence and its control inside ancient societies; issues of identity, especially gender history and ethnicity; and slavery and other systems of labour and land exploitation.

Archaeology offers expertise in two main areas: the archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean 5000BC-1000AD; and studies in ancient technology and the analysis of materials and conservation science.

The Archaeology Conservation degree scheme offered by the School is one of only two such undergraduate courses in Britain. It attracts conservation commissions from throughout the UK, giving students valuable hands-on experience. The teaching of Ancient History and Archaeology was assessed as "Excellent" in the recent national assessment of teaching quality in UK universities.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

3. For further information

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074