Centre for the Study of the Viking Age receives participate funding.
Receiving £750 from the participate fund will hugely benefit the CSVA schools engagement project ‘Vikings for Schools’.
The aim of the project is to host educational and engaging workshops for primary school children on the subject of Viking Age society and culture.
Emma Vosper, Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, reports:
Vikings for Schools Lesson Plan
To date, the Vikings for Schools workshops have been heavily reliant on the charity of volunteers and re-enactment societies, who have kindly lent us re-enactment equipment. Items such as Viking costumes, weapons and other artefacts enable volunteers to create dynamic and exciting workshops that children can fully engage with. Visual and physical aids also allow the children to explore the subject in a more engaging way than previously encountered in the classroom.
With the help of pARTicipate funding we have been able to buy re-enactment equipment for ourselves which the project will be able to draw upon for years to come. We have also acquired a number of craft items for volunteers to use in more ambitious craft activities than the simple writing/ drawing activities we have previously been able to devise.
All of this equipment will add to the accessibility and fun of the workshops but it will also lend greater professionalism to the programme, as we will always be able to rely on the availability of equipment and can guarantee schools a uniform programme of activities. We are very excited to make use of this equipment in coming workshops and to continue to develop this valuable public-engagement and skills development opportunity.
Participate is a new scheme for students in the Faculty of Arts. It enables students to influence their learning and teaching experience in innovative ways. It’s about students identifying a project, forming a project team and researching solutions.
Example Participate funding application
Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
Viking Studies (BA)
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