The Medieval Scottish Border: Peace, War, Buildings & Landscapes with Tim Porter

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Course: The Medieval Scottish Border: Peace, War, Buildings & Landscapes with Tim Porter
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 9th August 2018
Start Time: 9.30am
End Date: 10th August 2018
End Time: 4.00pm
Res Fee (from): £826.00
Non Res Fee: £108.00 What's included?

This course is part of Week One of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for Tea on Sunday 5 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 11 August. The course will run Thursday to Friday.

Britain’s loveliest region also has the most haunting history. Without leaving Dillington, we will survey the border moors, mountains, rivers and ancient castles. We will also travel the thousand years (600 – 1600), observing how England and Scotland first arose, and then related to one another in peace and war. As a story, it is sometimes tragic, but sometimes inspiring: the horror of Flodden is balanced by the glory of Melrose Abbey!
Non Resident Fee: £108

Tutor Information

Tim Porter

Tim is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the Middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and he has been a WEA tutor for nearly 30 years and runs courses at several residential colleges in the ARCA network. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the NADFAS register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. Photography is another aspect of his works, and he has become well known for the atmospheric and unusual slides which he uses. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape, or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.

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