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Objet D'art, Objects of Faith: Exploring past & present challenges & issues - CED00025M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module is the second part of an introduction to the subject which exposes students to the key sources for and issues in studying parishes and parish churches. Similarly to Sources and Issues for the History of the Parish and Parish Church, the module is largely arranged in pairs of weeks. Each pairing will introduce students to a topic and then explore it in more depth. As with Sources I, it will build into a broad overview of the subject which will underpin the rest of their studies. This module continues the study of various furnishings and objects before moving into consideration of the legislative framework and overview of current issues. In particular, it will:

  • Introduce students to the types and range of primary and secondary material available for parish research and where such material may be found.
  • Give a broad chronology and framework in which to locate the subject-specific modules and their own research.
  • Set out the key issues and questions currently at the forefront of academic interest in this area.
  • Explore the questions and sensitivities which are current outside the academic arena.
  • Introduce students to the range of skills and expertise necessary to undertake study in the areas covered by the rest of the course.
  • Broaden students’ understanding of and engagement with the range of disciplines and subject areas through which the study of parishes and parish churches can be approached.
  • Develop research skills
  • Develop an awareness of the breadth of religious practice and how this has influenced and continues to influence the story of a parish and its church.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Understand what primary archival material is available for parish research, what it will tell you and why it was created
  • Understand what other sources may be available and how they should be used
  • Use archaeological, art historical and historical techniques to interrogate a building and its setting
  • Demonstrate how a range of information can be interpreted to extrapolate lost or unrecorded data and the caveats around this
  • Integration of evidence to create a coherent model which can then be tested and examined
  • Discussion of the current research and wider agendas and debate around the issues raised.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake research into primary sources of varying dates and complexity
  • Interrogate sources to extract complex data
  • Employ interdisciplinary approaches to evidence, its use and interpretation
  • Demonstrate an ability to articulate a coherent narrative.

Other learning outcomes

  • Develop an ability to engage with and respond to the different approaches dictated by the environment and background of other students, i.e. the religious vs heritage.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4,000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4,000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • D. Dyas & Christianity & Culture “The English Parish Church through the Centuries” York (2010)
  • S. J Wright “Parish, Church and people: local studies in lay religion 1350-1750 Hutchinson (1988)
  • N. Mears and A. Ryrie “Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain” Ashgate (2013)
  • E. Duffy et al “The parish in late medieval England: proceedings of the 2002 Harlaxton Symposium” Harlaxton Symposium (2002)
  • W.E. Tate “The Parish Chest” 3rd edition, Cambridge (1969)
  • W.B. Stephens “Sources for English Local History” Cambridge (1981)

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