It is amazing what you can discover about your local area from the snug safety of your home. We are delighted, through funding from Kildare County Council, to offer a FREE online course that will take you step-by-step through the available online sources that will allow you to paint a picture of the geological, archaeological, and historical events that happened close to where you live. While the course will look at examples from throughout Ireland, it will focus on the geology, archaeology and history of the county of Kildare. As such the course is aimed toward residents of the county (who will be given preference for available course places) as well as enthusiasts of Kildare’s natural and cultural heritage.
The course will be delivered through five online tutorials every Tuesday and Thursday over three weeks commencing Thursday 8th April 2021. We will begin by looking at the very bedrock under your feet, examining the geological processes and glacial events that shaped the landscape and formed the soils. The course then focuses on the impacts of humans on that landscape over time, from pre-history to the last century.
The first workshop includes a summary of the course content and format. A list of resources/links will also be sent to the participants so that they can study their own locality. Workshops 1-5 will each teach an individual research skill and also include time to answer questions arising from the previous session. Workshop 5 will comprise a wrap-up, outlining the information obtained by the participants which can be utilised to tell the geology, archaeology, and history of their localities. Workshop 5 will also outline how these skills can be used to make your own submission(!) to the ‘KnowYour5k’ initiative by the Heritage Council and National Museum of Ireland. Gathering these submissions for County Kildare is a key outcome of the course. See https://www.ouririshheritage.org/content/category/archive/place/knowyour5k
Course Dates and Times: April 8th – 22nd, 2021 (five 1.5-hour sessions (7pm – 8.30pm GMT) in total on April 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd)
Where: From your home!
Equipment: You will need access to the internet and a device (preferably a laptop or PC)
Enrolment Status: OPEN
Course Type: Local Geology/Archaeology/History
Instructor: Dr Stephen Mandal
Application Deadline: April 2nd, 2021
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