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Medieval English Pilgrimages

Course: Medieval English Pilgrimages
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 10th January 2020
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 12th January 2020
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £343.00
Non Res Fee: £231.00 What's included?

Before the Reformation, the roads of England were alive with pilgrims travelling to the shrines of the saints, hoping for miracles and revelations. But it was also a means of self-expression, in an age when opportunities were rare. This course concentrates on English shrines – Glastonbury, Walsingham and Canterbury to name but three – and English saints like Edmund, Cuthbert and Thomas Becket. They were a focus for feelings of nationhood and they tell us much about how medieval people felt about themselves. All-comers welcome.

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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