One of the main aims of the Medieval Londoners project is to develop pedagogical exercises for all class levels that draw upon Medieval Londoners resources and the database (MLD). Some of these projects will employ other digital platforms like Omeka or mapping software such as QGIS and Carto, but others will simply rely on the Resources section of the site or promote the use of MLD for a class project.
We welcome contributions to this section of the site, including syllabi, lesson plans, paper assignments, and other materials for courses that focus at least in part on some aspect of medieval London (its archaeology, art and architecture, culture and book history, history, religion, and literature). Particularly welcome are descriptions of (and directions for) student projects involving material on the Medieval Londoners site. Please use the Contact Us form for questions and contributions.
MVST 4654: Medieval London. An interdisciplinary capstone that draws on archaeological and historical evidence to explore the history of medieval London. A seminar class that meets twice a week, for juniors and seniors at Fordham University, taught in Fall 2019. Includes a digital humanities component. [Fall 2020 syllabus forthcoming in August 2020]
MVST 5080: Interdisciplinary London. An introduction to methodologies in Medieval Studies through a focus on the primary sources and material culture of medieval London. The course will center on how an interdisciplinary approach that draws on a range of sources (textual, visual, and material) and methods (employed in archaeology, digital humanities, history, literary studies, and paleography/codicology) can enrich our understanding of one medieval place and its people. Training in paleography is an important element of the course. [A Fall 2020 graduate seminar: syllabus forthcoming in August 2020]
Medieval London is an Omeka site with short reports written by undergraduates enrolled in a Fordham University interdisciplinary capstone class (MVST 4654: see the syllabus above). First taught as a study abroad course at Fordham’s London campus, the Spring 2015 course had two digital assignments. Further details on the assignment and instructions for loading text and images on the Omeka site are available at Digital Pedagogy: An Omeka Exhibition on Medieval London. See also a peer-reviewed article on this project article published in The Digital Medievalist.
(1) Object Report. Each student chose a medieval object at the Museum of London and wrote a short essay describing the physical object (its dimensions, materials used, color and appearance, manufacturing process) and how medieval people used it (for what, when and where), particularly in terms of the object’s association with medieval London. In addition to posting a photograph of the object, students located and posted additional images of this type of object to illustrate its medieval context. This assignment was repeated in the Fall 2017 Object Report.
(2) Site Report. Each student also wrote a report on a medieval site, such as churches, cemeteries, civic buildings, streets, markets, and rivers in London. These reports describe relevant architectural features, functions, and the appearance of the medieval site, as well as its significance to medieval people. This report is accompanied by a map locating the site, as well as a photograph of the site taken by the student as it appears today.
Further details on the assignment and instructions for loading text and images on the Omeka site are available at Digital Pedagogy: An Omeka Exhibition on Medieval London. See also a peer-reviewed article on this project article published in The Digital Medievalist.
(3) The Social Life of a Medieval London Object. In the Fall 2019 version of the course, the Object Report was modified to focus more on writing a ‘biography’ of a medieval object in the Museum of London, keeping in mind that even objects can have agency and a ‘social life,’ that can influence human lives. This report also included more images.