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19 May 2010
Adults & children are being invited to step back in time and explore medieval life as part of a University event to celebrate National Adult Learners’ Week.
Getting Medieval is a one-day collaborative event involving the School of History and Archaeology, the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and Vale of Glamorgan Council.
As part of the event visitors will be able to take part in a series of exciting hands-on activities where they can handle medieval objects and weapons, try their hand a writing a medieval charter, listen to fireside sagas, create their own stories, learn about medieval customs or find out about how medieval people grew their crops and raised their animals.
Held at Cosmeston Medieval Village, a living heritage site near Penarth, Getting Medieval is a family-centred day which is free to the public.
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 takes place on Saturday 22nd May 2010 from 10.30am-3.30pm. No booking is necessary and people can turn up on the day. More information about the event can be found here. [insert link: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/hisar/newsandevents/events/getting-medieval.html ]
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