Battlefields Uncovered:

Introduction to Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Conflict

13th September -December 10th 2021

This course brings together former and serving military personnel and university students to explore the archaeology of Waterloo and other iconic battlefields together.

We are funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Tackling Loneliness Programme

If you are a former or serving member of the armed forces or an adult family member of an armed forces family, read on. This course could be for you.

If you are currently enrolled in a university, or a recent graduate, and want to find out why this course could be for you, click through to Utrecht University

Course Aims

Tackle loneliness over the winter months by bringing people with a shared interest together.

To offer veterans, serving personnel and their adult family members the chance to follow a genuine accredited university course in a friendly and flexible format. 

To help people recognise their existing transferable skills and build new ones.

To support the growth of confidence and connections within and beyond the course

Button found at Waterloo
Tank at Normandy

What Is The Course Like?

The course is a mixture of lectures, seminars and interactive workshops. We begin by looking at Waterloo, where we learn how Waterloo Uncovered’s archaeological discoveries not only reveal the untold stories of the battle but also demonstrate key archaeological methods. We will also explore a range of sites of conflict from through the ages and across the globe. Expert lecturers, friendly discussion groups and interactive activities will help us to consider what investigating conflict can reveal about the past – and about ourselves.

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I have gained so much knowledge from my fellow students, particularly from the Veteran community. The timing of this course could not have been better as it alleviated a lot of the feelings of isolation throughout the lockdown period. I gained a lot of confidence from Vicki’s gentle encouragement and Kyra’s warm personality. I am quite shy and as a former Signaller, I tend to keep to the rule of essential communications only. I was filled with pride today when a fellow student quoted one of my comments, I felt validated. Their support throughout this course has been wonderful and I cannot thank them both enough.

Nicola, 2020 participant

How Does It Work?

Online. Course materials are released in advance and discussions and activities follow. These interactions take place roughly once a week and last about an hour. Our friendly discussion groups are at a range of times and regular social events are designed to help combat the isolation that can be felt over the winter months.

30 hours learning content* including contact time and reading, spread over three months. This is roughly two hours a week. *Exact hours spent may vary between individuals depending on how much of the optional materials they make use of and their own tempo.

Exclusive content from leading scholars and support from experienced tutors ensures a high-quality learning environment, and we are partnered with Utrecht University to ensure official accreditation as an entry level undergraduate course.

Assessment is based on participation, engagement and contributions to discussions. There is no written exam.

Social activities are part of the programme. There will also be the opportunity to join a planned activity once a month, including over the Christmas period. These are not compulsory and not assessed

Graduation will take place online in mid-December.

From January 2022 some participants may wish to go further still and develop their writing skills on a related topic or hone other skills by arranging an internship with an archaeological unit, museum or other organisation near them – both of which we would support and accredit.

Who Can Take Part?

Many participants are VSMP and their families. 

In addition university students and other people with a range of backgrounds also take part. 

People all over the world. Previous participants have joined us from Lima to Okinawa; and ranged in age from late teens to people in their 70’s, creating a diverse group.

No prior knowledge or experience of archaeology or military history is necessary. We just look for a drive to learn more about the past and how it is remembered and a willingness to share ideas.  

You will need internet access and a tablet or smartphone.

Anyone needing extra support will be guided to appropriate organisations and professionals by our Welfare and Support team.

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class of ballfields Uncovered

How To Take Part

Applications are open from 10th to 30th June 2021. Places are limited and we will close applications when we are full. 

Interviews for all successful applicants will be held in July 2021

Participants will start to meet each other and be sent material from the 10th of September. 

Discussion groups will begin in October.

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