Online – Stonehenge

Introduction to the Stonehenge online course by Dr John Hill. 

Stonehenge is, no doubt, one of our most important prehistoric sites in the United Kingdom. It is also one of the most complex of monuments to understand. Even today, we still find new archaeological data that demands us to continuously challenge our opinions about this difficult but incredible site.

The University of Liverpool’s accredited Stonehenge online course will give you a great introduction to this fascinating site and an appreciation of what we currently know about it. Over the next several weeks we will cover a number of themes related to what we know about Stonehenge and the following is just a highlight of some (but not all) of these themes.

Week one – Setting the scene – from the Ice Age to the Early Bronze Age

In this part of the course, you will receive a brief overview of the chronological development of British Prehistory i.e. starting at the end of the last Ice Age and ending with the coming of the Early Bronze Age (c.10,000 – 1800 BC). Certainly, this will help you to put Stonehenge into its proper historical chronological context in reference to the rest of British Prehistory.

Another theme we followed during the creation of this online course was to give you a sense of visiting Stonehenge and seeing the key architectural features of the site. This first week will offer you an online ‘Virtual Tour’ of Stonehenge giving you a foundational knowledge to build upon during the weeks that follow.

Week two – The meaning of Stonehenge

There are many theories about what Stonehenge means. Some are incredibly far flung that don’t involve much evidence whilst others emerge from a body of data built up by rigorous research and academic scrutiny. In this part of the online course we will look at some of those credible theories that will help you to understand more about this fascinating site.

Week three – How and when was Stonehenge built?

Construction techniques are often a popular topic to mention when talking about Stonehenge. Indeed, this particular topic forms the thrust of my own research. In this part of the course we will look at some of the construction techniques used as Stonehenge and I will share with you some of my own ideas about how the builders could have accomplished such magnificent engineering.

Week four – Who lived at Stonehenge?

Who lived at Stonehenge is the culminating topic for this course. Although nobody actually lived at Stonehenge, much funerary activity has taken place both inside the monument and within its surrounding landscape. These burials can tell us a lot of information about the people who lived during the times when Stonehenge was most active and we will consider, perhaps, three of the most important burials found at the site.


Additionally, within this module, we will look at the importance of excavation and in a short video accompanying this theme I will explain just how much of the Stonehenge site has been excavated. This topic is important as it formulates the 1000 word essay assignment required for the course’s accreditation: “Stonehenge, to excavate or not to excavate – that is the question?”

I personally believe that we should excavate more, but I won’t give my opinions just now. Rather we can discuss not only my reasons but also your ideas using our open-forum discussion board. The discussion board will also allow you to share your ideas with your fellow students. Incidentally, our online course software also offers many other inter-active features for you to take advantage of, such as access to the University of Liverpool’s Electronic library.

Both I and the online support team will also be available online to offer help and guidance through the duration of the course and (hopefully?) answer any questions you may wish to ask.

I look forward to leading you through this exciting course.

Best wishes

Dr John Hill

To enrol on this course please click here


Dr Tim O’Dempsey, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Dr O’Dempsey at Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone, July 2014

Wednesday 8 February, 5.30pm

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa exploited weak health systems and, as the epidemic spread, effectively paralysed the delivery of health services in the affected regions. Unprecedented in scale and impact, by the time the epidemic was declared over on 29th December 2015, more than 28,600 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 11,300 deaths, had been reported. The speaker will discuss the evolution of the epidemic and the role of local, national and international stakeholders, with particular reference to the epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Dr Tim O’Dempsey is Senior Clinical Lecturer in Tropical Medicine and Director of Studies for the DTM&H and Humanitarian Programmes at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Between July 2014 and December 2015, he was seconded from LSTM to assist in the Ebola epidemic response in Sierra Leone. He provided clinical care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease, advised the Government of Sierra Leone, DFID and various international NGOs and Foreign Medical Teams involved in the response and became the WHO Clinical Lead for the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.

Refreshments from 5.00 pm, talks begin at 5.30 pm, at the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI), 114 Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR. Why not continue the discussions over an informal supper, including wine, £13.50 (students £8).

Places must be pre-booked, via


The 6th Annual Archaeology and the Bible Conference

The 6th Annual Archaeology and the Bible Conference,

Saturday 25th March, 2017

Archaeology and the Bible’s first five books

The Lecture Theatre, Department of Continuing Education, 126 Mount Pleasant, L69 3GR

The Bible’s first five books, sometimes called the Torah or Pentateuch, tell the story of Israel’s origins and its place in the wider Ancient World. But can this story be illuminated, even authenticated by the archaeological evidence?

10.00 – 10.30 Dr. Paul Lawrence (University of Liverpool): In the beginning … in a coffin in Egypt – some observations about the structure of the Book of Genesis

In the beginning …”, so begins the Bible’s first book. It is an apt title for a book that outlines the Hebrew worldview of the origins of the universe, mankind, sin and death, the nations and the nation of Israel. Does the book of Genesis have a clearly evident structure and does this give clues to the book’s composition or compilation? What evidence is there for it accurately representing events of the early Second Millennium BC?

10.30 – 11.00 Dr. James Patrick (University of Oxford): Interpreting the Creation Week in its Ancient Context

The creation of the world over a seven-day period in Genesis 1:1–2:4 has been interpreted in many different ways, particularly since the time of Darwin.  But how was this precise timing interpreted by its first hearers?  This lecture will consider evidence from ancient Israelite culture and the wider ancient Near Eastern context, in order to come closer to the original intention of this passage and its theological message.

11.00-11.30 break

11.30-12.30 Dr. James Hoffmeier (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School):Moses and Akhenaten

Akhenaten (1353-1336 B.C.) is thought by many scholars to be the first monotheist in history.  Moses is believed to have lived in the following century, which naturally has raised the question, did Akhenaten’s religious revolution surrounding the solar deity, Aten, have any influence on the development of Israel’s religion? This lecture will examine the evidence for Akhenaten’s religion and its unique elements, followed by the an investigation of the possible connection between Moses and Akhenaten.

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-14.30  Dr. James Hoffmeier: Israel’s Earliest Sanctuary, Priestly Garments and Bejewelled Breastplate in the Book of Exodus in the Light of Archaeological Data

One of the most compelling arguments for the historicity of the Hebrew sojourn in Egypt is the imprint that Egyptian language, culture, and religion left on early Israel. This lecture will examine some this evidence as it relates to Israelite religion that demonstrates strong Egyptian connections that most likely can be traced to the centuries the Hebrews lived in Egypt before the exodus.

14.30-15.00 break

15.00 -15.30 Alistair Dickey (Ph.D candidate University of Liverpool): Semites in Ancient Egypt “So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan.”

This account in Genesis 46 describes Jacob and his family moving house to Egypt.  However, is such an account plausible?  What do we know of Semites in Egypt during the Second Millennium BC?  This presentation will explore some of the archaeological and textual evidence from the Delta in the north to Thebes in the south that sheds light on the situation.

15.30-16.15 Emeritus Professor Alan Millard (University of Liverpool): Babylonian and Hebrew Law 

Similarities and differencesGod gave the ‘Laws of Moses’ to Israel at Mount Sinai, according to the Book of Exodus, with the Ten Commandments, at least, written on stone tablets. Israel’s laws are not unique. Babylonian laws have been discovered and some of them are very similar to some of the Mosaic laws, but there are also major differences. The lecture will compare those, showing how the Hebrew laws are distinctive.

16.15-16.30 Questions to the speakers and closing remarks

Advance registration £27 includes a sandwich lunch. If you would like to book on this event you can do so by clicking here 

Tate Liverpool courses with the WEA

Tate Liverpool in collaboration with the Workers’ Educational Association will be hosting the following courses at the gallery starting in January 2017.

Course: Introduction to Printmaking, led by Colette Whittington
Dates: Friday 13 January – 24 February 2017, (10:00-13:00)
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10 (free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information), advanced booking essential.

Against the backdrop of Tate Liverpool’s Collection Displays this 7 week course will introduce the basic techniques of printmaking: focusing on how the process of print media can inform the strategy of art making.
Through a series of practical workshops and group discussions led by printmaker and artist educator Colette Whittington, the course will respond to the Tate collection with hands on printmaking techniques that can be reproduced at the kitchen table at home.
Participants will be introduced to basic intaglio and relief printmaking processes; monoprint, collatype, and lino cutting. They will be guided to produce their own individual design ideas using experimental methods and demonstrating good print practice.
(No previous experience necessary).

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association.

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Improvers Printmaking, led by Colette Whittington
Dates: Friday 13 January – 24 February 2017, (14:00- 16:00)
Venue: Clore Learning Centre, Tate Liverpool
Admission: £43.40, (Free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

This 7-week course aims to use the exhibition as a starting point to stimulate critical engagement and creative processes involved in printmaking production.
Responding to Tate’s collection displays, the course will enable participants to fully develop and realise their design ideas, applying the relief printmaking knowledge they have previously gained on the beginners course or elsewhere. The aim of the course is to enable the participants to fully develop their own design ideas, to produce a personal body of work. Perhaps mixing relief printmaking processes or by becoming more proficient in one technique.
Sessions will comprise of practical workshops, group discussions and feedback facilitated by local printmaker and artist educator Colette Whittington.
(Some prior experience of printmaking necessary. Progression from WEA Beginners Course advisable, but not compulsory if some prior printing experience).

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association.

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Painting Inspired by Women Artists, led by Maria Tavares
Date: Tuesday 17 January – 28 March 2017, (10:00-12:00)
Venue: Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10 (or free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see the WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

Discover and explore women artists and create your own masterpiece inspired by their work. Explore painting techniques, including texture, light and shade, colour, composition, and perspective. Women artists have been marginalised and misrepresented throughout history. This has often been due to socio-political mores of the given era. Through practical workshops and group discussion, students will examine the issues that lie behind this marginalization.

Led by Maria Tavares, artist and art tutor, this 10 week course will explore the history of women in art. Through a series of practical hands-on exercises, students will learn painting techniques using acrylics, as well as having the opportunity to study Tate’s collection of work by women artists.

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association

For further information and to book a place follow the link to:

Course: Exploring Modern Sculpture, led by Ed Bruce
Date: Tuesday 17 January – 28 March 2017, (14:30-16:30)
Venue: Tate Liverpool
Admission: £65.10, (Free to eligible students in receipt of certain benefits, see WEA website for more information). Advanced booking essential.

Duchamp’s conceptual ideas about the ‘Readymade’ profoundly influenced the sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s. This course, taught by Ed Bruce, will explore the ‘expanding field’ of sculptural practice in the period when ‘body art’ performance, and site specific work transformed the idea of the ‘sculptural object’.

Programmed in association with the Workers’ Educational Association

For further information and to book a place follow the link to: