Medieval Animals: teaching green heritage to support SEND children's emotional engagement.
Dr Diane Heath | Open Lecture Series 2021 | Lecture 4 - June 01 2021
My focus is on Medieval Animals and their rich heritage ‘afterlife’ in animal history and culture (think Fantastic Beasts and Pokemon but weirder!). Real and imaginary animals depicted in Kent’s medieval books, paintings and sculpture expressed their times’ sense of wonder in the natural world. Examples include the Rochester Bestiary, Faversham’s Painted Column and Minster’s 15th century misericords. St Anselm and other medieval scholars specifically sought to engage people's feelings by making animals the bearers of emotional meanings. We can reimagine their creativity in vital and fascinating ways to aid SEND children understand their emotions by teaching local green heritage.
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