Back in the 1990’s a “New” Australian member realised that she didn’t know much about Australian history, actually she always said that until she came here by accident that she didn’t realise Australia had a history!
That led to her research becoming an on-going ‘class’ the members of which knew their history. The result of that participation led to the first anthropology course.
We are all interested in the past, and different civilizations, and we decide amongst ourselves what we would like to learn about next, then access courses from around the world, usually from Universities.
So far amongst many we have learnt about, are the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Venetians, Egyptians, Aztecs, Celts, Portuguese explorers, Romans, Renaissance Italy, Victorian England, South America & Egypt.
As you can see we are interested in just about everything.
The next subject to commence on Thursday 6th February, is “The Normans – A Tale of Dukes and Warriors, Conquerors & Kings”.
Professor Robert Bartlett embarks on an ambitious journey deep into the hearts and minds of a band of warriors who transformed medieval Europe. Bursting with colourful characters and illuminating detail. Professor Bartlett’s story follows the fortunes of the Normans all the way from Scandinavia to Normandy and England in 1066. He then follows them south to Jerusalem via southern Italy, Sicily and modern day Turkey. He draws on Anglo-Saxon chronicles, medieval manuscripts and one of the most powerful examples of Norman architecture in an epic sweep of the period of Norman supremacy. And he reveals how the Normans legacy lives on in our culture and politics to this day.
It’s a fascinating exploration of Domesday Book, medieval historian Dr. Stephen Baxter reveals the human and political drama that lies within the parchment of England’s earliest surviving public record. He also finds out the real reason it was commissioned by William the Conqueror. Most historians believe Domesday is some kind of ta book for raising revenue. But Baxter reveals why Domesday Book couldn’t have been used to collect taxes. He argues that its real purpose was to give revolutionary new powers to England’s first Norman King.
Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month for an interesting morning, please phone Hector Keioskie 49514145
If you would like to join the Anthropology Group or would like to talk to someone about it, please send us a message on our Contacts Page.