Old English life and language opens up at University

Students at the University of Sheffield are inviting members of the public to take part in an exciting project exploring the language, culture and magic of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Engaging with Old English: twentieth century blockbusters with tenth century scripts

The students, from the University's School of English, have been devising ways to get people talking about this fascinating period in history and learning about the history of our language through a project called Engage with Old English.

Their work will culminate in The Knowledge Fair on Tuesday 15 May 2012, an event which will give the public a chance to make their own valuable contributions to the project and to participate in workshops and interactive learning on the subject.

Student Faye Guest, 22, said: "Old English language is still very much present today, from place names, to river names and the way in which we speak, and so we're very keen to showcase this to the public. This event will also give the public a chance to discover the value of an arts degree, and will demonstrate that an English degree is so much more than studying books."

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One of the students organising the event, 21-year-old Monal Pancholi, said: "We're really excited to share with the public everything we have learned - from elves, to magic, to place names to food. We're looking forward to hearing what the public think about everything we have been doing."

Dr Rebecca Fisher, the School's leading expert on Old English, said: "The event is a chance for members of the public to see what the students are working on, and for the community and students to work together to share their knowledge of this thrilling historical period. Magical charms, worship, the Old English language, sixth-century living conditions and an Anglo-Saxon crime scene are just a few of things visitors can expect to experience. The students have done some brilliant work, and I can't wait to see it celebrated at The Knowledge Fair."

"This event and the module preceding it also provides a great opportunity for students to experience aspects of Anglo-Saxon England in a dynamic and exciting environment. Working on an event like this sets students up with key skills like time management, team work, communication and leadership."

Members of the public are encouraged to go along to Jessop West Exhibition Space on Upper Hanover Street on Tuesday 15th May from 10am until noon. The event is free but places should be reserved at Engage with Old English

Additional information 

For more information on The Knowledge Fair and Engage with Old English visit: Engage with Old English

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Amy Stone
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0114 222 1046
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