Keep the Light Burning – “Roman” Britain 390-500

Birgitta Hoffmann

What happened at the end of the Roman period? What changes do we see in the 5th century? For how long did ‘Roman Civilisation’ survive  – and what exactly is that? When and how did the new settlers arrive and should they really be called Anglo-Saxons? The archaeology of the 5th century AD is possible one of the most interesting periods in current archaeological research – not because of the large scale architecture or art, but because it documents a world in flux.

This 10 week online course will combine general lectures as well as regional case studies. The lectures will be recorded and be available for 2-3 weeks to the participants via streaming.


1 October: Why “Dark Ages” is such a useless term – an introduction to the 5th century.

8 October: The 5th century on Hadrian’s Wall and County Durham

15 October: When the Snowdonia was anything but not “Wales”

22 October: Towards the West – situation in “Wessex” and Cornwall

29 October: Adventus Saxonum: The literary sources

5  November: Kent and the Southeast

19 November: What happened in “the North”? -From Cheshire to Cumbria and from the Pennines to Leeds and York

26 November: Definitely not “Scotland”

3 December: Lincolnshire

10 December: Does the term Anglo-Saxon period help? Towards a better understanding of the 5th century.


Fridays:  2-4 pm  starting 1st October 2021

Series of 10 lectures, starting 1st October 2021, break on 12th November.

Virtual Learning Environment: Zoom

Single lecture:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£8 * 1 50

Bookings for a block of 10 lectures:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£80 * 1 50

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. Alternatively, you can book via Eventbrite


To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. If you would like to pay via BACS or Paypal please contact Birgitta Hoffmann for details.
Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: mobile: 07747 533 070 or 07377791562


Adult Education in Manchester and Cheshire