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People who are fascinated by the story of Beowulf, the Sutton Hoo treasure, or who want to know more about Alfred the Great, may be interested in a new history course taking place at Peterborough Museum on the Saxons.


The course takes place each week on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, starting on Monday (5 November) and running for six weeks.

It is being led by local history speaker Don Chiswell, who will look at the arrival of the Saxons in Britain after the Romans left; the establishment of the Saxon kingdoms; daily life in the Saxon period; the coming of the Danes and Alfred the Great; Saxon culture; and will conclude with a look at the events leading up to the Norman conquest in 1066.

The course will also include elements on local history and how the Saxons changed Peterborough.

“The Saxons had a huge impact on Peterborough,” said Stuart Orme, museum visitor services and marketing manager for Peterborough City Council.

“They founded the abbey, which is today Peterborough Cathedral, so perhaps one could say without them we would not be here. We tend to think of this period as being the Dark Ages, but in fact these people had a rich and fascinating culture.”

The course costs £30 for adults, £20 concessions. For more details contact the museum on (01733) 343329, email [email protected]  or visit www.peterboroughheritage.org.uk

November 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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