Memorial University Will Offer an English Cultural Landscape Field School in Spring 2015
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Posted by: Associate Administrator
The 15th offering of Memorial University’s English Cultural
Landscape field school programme will take place during the spring semester of
2015, with a series of field trips based at Memorial’s campus in Harlow, Essex,
halfway between London and Cambridge.
The programme will consist of four courses taught by Dr. Jerry
Pocius of the Department of Folklore and an instructor from the Department of
Archaeology. Two courses will deal with architecture in all its forms, from the
castles and mansion estates of the wealthy to the ordinary vernacular housing
of the urban and rural poor. One course will examine English material culture,
including ceramics, furniture, glass, and other household items. The fourth
course will examine how English heritage and culture has been put on display in
museums and historic sites, and how the interpretation of English heritage has
changed over the years.
Within this overall framework, the 2015 offering will be
focusing on exceptional heritage venues, including UNESCO's World Heritage
Sites located in southern England. Field trips will include eight UNESCO World
Heritage sites: Canterbury, the Tower of London, Greenwich, Stonehenge, Bath,
Blenheim Palace, Kew Gardens, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Besides these, other outstanding heritage sites will be visited: Roman
Verulamium; St. Albans and Ely Cathedrals; the mediaeval timber-frame
architecture in Lavenham; Hampton Court (including its living history program);
the first conservation area in the UK (the town of Stamford); 17th and 18th
urban townhouses; specialized museums with collections ranging from stained
glass and local history to antiquarian curiosities. Finally, a two-day trip to
the Continent will visit the World War I battlefields of Beaumont Hamel, Vimy,
There are two components to the courses: classroom work
before the UK trip and six-weeks of field trips based at Harlow. The first
part of the semester consists of six weeks of daily lectures at Memorial’s St.
John’s campus. However, these lectures will also be available online, and thus
the programme is open to students anywhere. Those students from outside the St.
John’s, Newfoundland, area can join the group in London or at Harlow.
Field trips are the central component of the programme and
will enable students to examine firsthand the subject matter of the courses. Participants
will depart for the UK around June 29th. Students will maintain a field book in which
they will record things seen and reactions to the observed material world, as
well as complete a field project as part of their course work.
The English Cultural Landscape Programme provides a unique
opportunity to understand English culture as it is reflected in the material
world of the past and present. There are no prerequisites and students from
anywhere with any background can apply. These courses are regular Memorial
University courses open to anyone, so those students from elsewhere would first
apply to Memorial University for student status.
For further information contact Dr. Jerry Pocius at
709-864-8366, email email@example.com, or
visit the English Cultural Landscape website at: www.mun.ca/ecl