Legends in the Land: British myth, folklore and archaeology

Mentored by

Jonathan Mason

Storyteller, historian and enthusiasm-sharer!

Location address: Brighton, BN1 7GL
Chosen age group:

For ages: 8 - 16 years

Available tickets:
Standard £10/hrConcession £8/hr
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
An ONLINE course for all those interested in the myths and stories left to us by the past, and the light they cast on British history. Led by storyteller and historian Jon Mason, the course will draw on folktales from around Britain, and epics of myth from Welsh, Norse and Anglo-Saxon traditions. You will hear the stories, but also learn about the people who might have told them, the times they lived, and what the tales might have meant to them. Each session will focus on a particular period, theme or myth - Celtic water-deities, Norse mounds, and more. With archaeological and other evidence brought in to build the picture, we'll consider the place these stories have in our history, and the traces they left in the landscape around us. And if you want, you can make your own story or artwork inspired by what we've learned, and share it the following session! The course will be held via Zoom - link will be provided after booking. A combination of storytelling, teaching and guided discussion, this course is aimed at young people who love mythology and history, and want to learn more about the beliefs of the past.
About your mentor
Jonathan Mason
Storyteller, historian and enthusiasm-sharer!
I have been a professional storyteller since 2015, and am currently studying for a PhD in folklore and landscape. I have an MA in Contemporary History, and a BA Hons in History with Archaeology. I have enjoyed and researched folklore and mythology my whole life, and read avidly on how they reflect and reveal the lives and activities of people in the past. I have devised and delivered sessions for schools on these subjects, focussing especially on Celtic, Norse and Old English myth; and have created and led walks and Time Travel Treasure Hunts since 2016, includingas part of the Brighton Festival Our Place programme. I enjoyed keeping an objective critical awareness about old stories, considering what is reliably evidenced but also why we wish to speculate further about what they might mean. In 2017 I completed a course on Telling for Heritage at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Learning aims
Aim 1
To learn about myths told in the British Isles in the past.
Aim 3
To learn about how the above relate to history, and to physical archaeology left in the landscape.
Aim 5
To produce creative work (eg writing or drawing) in response to lessons learned.
Aim 2
To learn about folklore collected in the British Isles in recent centuries.
Aim 4
To think creatively but critically, listening to evidence and drawing conclusions.
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
InformationA one-session taster is available, before you book a whole course (see dates). I offer concessionary prices to unwaged families and keyworkers.
Ticket nameConcession
Where we'll be
75 Dudley Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 7GL
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