Old English Masterclass

Two day course starting -
Opening of Beowulf

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  • Full Price: £185.00 Other concessions available

Encounter the language of the Anglo-Saxons

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Join our introduction to Old English as we explore Old English in its cultural context and help you develop skills in analysing and drawing meaning from set texts through accessible exercises and close reading. Over the weekend, you’ll gain an understanding of the journey of the English language – from Old English into Middle English and subsequently Modern English – and we’ll explore the perils and pleasures of studying a language which only survives in a limited number of manuscripts.

We’ll study short sections of prose in Old English and, as our confidence grows, transition to verse – in particular short passages from the epic masterpiece Beowulf. Rather than attempting to learn tables of grammar, we’ll give you a sense of the grammar by using texts which have an attached glossary, allowing you to unpick the dynamics of an inflected language like Old English – that is, to appreciate the musical richness of the original, while also giving you a sense of its meaning.

This course will run across the following dates:

  • Sat 19 Feb 2022, 10.30 – 17.00
  • Sun 20 Feb 2022, 10.30 – 17.00

If you have any access needs please email adultlearning@bl.uk as soon as possible after booking.


Name: Old English Masterclass
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £185.00
Student: £157.00
Registered Unemployed: £157.00
Disabled: £157.00
Senior (60+): £167.00
Young Person (18-25): £157.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546