The House of Wessex. Anglo-Saxon Hall Complexes: Architecture, Use and Setting

Course details

From £70.00

Sat 28 Sep 2019

The House of Wessex. Anglo-Saxon Hall Complexes: Architecture, Use and Setting


Held in association with Sylva and the Vernacular Architecture Group. 

This day school is linked to an exciting project, The House of Wessex, which is reconstructing in situ an Anglo-Saxon hall-building recently excavated at Long Wittenham near Oxford. Saturday’s talks will investigate the complex architecture of halls, their function and related landscapes. An overview of hall buildings will lead into a series of case studies from around the country exploring the various themes, including reconstructing structures from archaeological evidence.

Sylva is delighted to invite you to visit the House of Wessex on Sunday 29th September. They  are holding an Open Day where you can meet and discuss design and development process with the key contractors.  The Wulfheodenas, a living history society group, will present  a wide range of Anglo-Saxon activities, such as cooking, weaving, bone carving, etc.  The master thatcher and timber framers will be on site to talk and answer questions reflecting on the design and interesting challenges faced in this reconstruction.  For details see Please note that this does not form part of the OUDCE day school: participants who wish to attend will need to make their own arrangements for transport and accommodation. Enquiries should be sent to Sylva, not OUDCE.

Programme details


9.45am            Registration

10.00am          Early Anglo-Saxon Halls and Hall Complexes: An 


                        HELENA HAMEROW

11.00am          Coffee/tea

11.30am          Mead Halls of the Oiscingas: A new Kentish Perspective

                        on the Great Hall Phenomenon

                        GABOR THOMAS

12.30pm          Discussion

12.45pm          Lunch

2.00pm            Straining at the Limits of Inference? The Reconstruction of

                        the Form of Early Medieval Buildings

                        MARK GARDINER

2.45pm            Yeavering Reconsidered: Drawing as a Tool for


                        PAUL BARNWELL and ALLAN ADAMS

3.30pm            Tea/coffee

4.00pm           House of Wessex; Bringing an Anglo-Saxon house back to


                       LESLEY BEST

4.45pm           Discussion

5.00pm           Close






Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £70.00
Baguette: £5.00
Hot Lunch: £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.



Mr Allan T Adams


Architectural illustrator at Historic England (Retired)


Lesley Best


House of Wessex Project Manager

Dr Mark Gardiner


Reader in Heritage, University of Lincoln

Professor Helena Hamerow


Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology,  University of Oxford

Dr Gabor Thomas


Associate Professor in Medieval Archaeology, University of Reading

Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.

Dr Jane Harrison

Director of Studies