I will be teaching a course for Linton WEA in the Autumn on Landscape and Local History. Take a look at the attached poster for more details :)
I have a nice big class to teach Landscape & Local History at Guilden Morden and the people are very friendly, we’re now past the half way point of the course and will be having a break for half term. Even when teaching you always learn so much and as Guilden Morden is on the other side of Cambridgeshire to where I live it isn’t somewhere I know very much about but the lovely thing about teaching the subject I am doing, is that I get to learn all about that area from the students. So far we’ve had some fantastic artifacts brought in by the students to show things they have discovered themselves. There was an amazing prehistoric hand-axe found in the fields in the area – something I would love to find myself! And this week a stunning Nordic designed artefact made from horn or bone found in the Fulbourn area which is thought to be perhaps a handle for something. I can’t wait to see what turns up over the next half of the course!
I'm now 2 weeks in to teaching my course on Landscape & Local History for the WEA at Guilden Morden. We have a nice big class and everyone is very friendly and keen. Guilden Morden is a lovely village and I am enjoying the excuse to drive out to that side of Cambridgeshire each week as there are some lovely villages to see. We all had some good fun exploring different kinds of maps last week and this Tuesday we'll be looking at how Archaeology can help with Landscape & Local History research, we'll look at aerial photographs and lumps and bumps on the ground and I'll be taking along some archaeological finds to handle :)
mThe other night we went for a walk up at Wimpole Folly. I love it up there, I have done a good bit of archaeology research and landscape history around Wimpole Hall itself and have loads of great memories of past field trips with people like Twigs Way and Alison Taylor doing things like surveying and working out where the old villages used to be. The Folly is part of the landscape of Wimpole Hall and if you park up the little side road near the folly there is a public footpath and gate so that you can go for a nice walk. I took Russ up there to show him the site as he hadn't been before and for the first time ever I saw cows in the field we needed to walk to. We made our way across the field up to the folly almost going from tree to tree incase the cows were bulls! The folly looks like a kind of castle ruin but that is exactly how it was designed to look. Once you get up close you can see the red brick work faced by limestone which creates this illusion. It was built as a feature in the grounds of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire. Phillip Yorke (1st Earl of Hardwick), was the owner of Wimpole Hall in the mid-late 1700's and he commissioned Mr. Sanderson Miller to design the folly in 1751, it was later re-built by 'Capability' Brown in 1769. Most of the folly is set out as ruins but the Gothic tower was designed to be used. The tower is a four story structure and was a great place for the gentlemen to go off to play cards and get up to other 'activities'. Wimpole Hall itself is now a National Trust property. I love old parks and gardens and especially all of the garden features like follies and grottos :)
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist