Shadowlands Masterclass with Matthew Green
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In this Guardian Masterclass, experience the towns and settlements that have been lost to time and understand how Britain’s landscape has been shaped by history.
From an Orkney village engulfed in sand 5,000 years ago to a medieval city swept off a cliff and languishing in the depths of the North Sea, Britain is scarred with the haunting remains of places lost to memory. And yet, though we cannot see them, many of these places have had formative influences on its history, and their disappearances begin to explain why Britain looks the way it does today.
Join Dr Matthew Green, as he guides you through key turning points in Britain’s history – the Black Death, Reformation, Enlightenment and more – and draws on four years of his original research to paint a vivid and detailed picture of a Britain that no longer exists.
He will guide you through the sights, sounds and tribulations of vanished places, from the buried city of Trellech to the abandoned sea-mountain of St Kilda. Experience former settlements across the breadth of Britain and discover how these places came to meet their tragic fate.
With the aid of striking maps, prints and photographs, Matthew will resurrect these lost towns and settlements, evoking their unique layouts and describing in dramatic detail the experiences of their former dwellers – many of whom tried, but failed, to resist the tides of change. This class will also explore how and why places are disappearing from Britain’s landscape today and what the past might reveal about the future.
Find out more about the course content and who the course is for on the Guardian Masterclasses site.
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