Britain from 55BC to 1066AD - An Archaeological Perspective

In this new course for Tadley WEA, Mike Pengelly will explore the rich cultural legacy left by newcomers and invaders in the period commencing with Julius Caesar’s arrival and ending with William the Conqueror. In particular, the impact of Rome before and after the Conquest will be examined; the evidence of what happened in the so-called Dark Ages considered and, whether a champion such as Arthur existed to resist the spread of the Anglo- Saxons; finally, the impact of the arrival of the Vikings and the lead up to the Norman invasion will be put in context.

Aside from lectures there will be ample opportunity to handle artefacts and a practical session on pottery identification.

No previous experience of Archaeology or History is required.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service, Mike Pengelly has completed Diplomas in Archaeology and Historic environment from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge respectively and gained a Master of Research in Archaeology from the University of Winchester.

The WEA is a volunteer-led, national organization providing adult education in the community.

The £30 fee for the seminar includes lunch. 

To enrol please search for the Tadley offerings at  or ring 0300 303 3464 and quote the course reference number.

For further information on the Tadley WEA please ring Jan Smith on 01189832251 or email


Friday, 24 May 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event location: 
Ambrose Allen Centre
Franklin Avenue
RG26 4ER
United Kingdom