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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

The Luttrell Psalter Film

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1300 - The 14th Century
Topic: Luttrell Psalter
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Name of Author(s): Various
Name of Producer: WAG Screen community group
Language/s of Product: English
Website of the product:
Target Group: General public, History and Art teachers
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
Open site describing a range of products – a film, video clips, books and other websites – relating to the Luttrell Psalter. The site is clearly structured but intended, in particular, to promote a new DVD which recreates scenes from the medieval manuscript. However, it also provides some excellent extracts from the making of the film which illustrate a range of possible studies through links to YouTube sites.
Description of contents:
The site briefly describes the manuscript itself and details of the making of a short film - The Luttrell Psalter Film which is based on the famous images of medieval village life from the 14th c. Luttrell Psalter.
The film is a community-wide collaboration led by WAG Screen community group (a branch of Washingborough Archaeology Group). It is sponsored by local businesses and universities and involves over one hundred local specialists, craftspeople and performers. It is very much the product of two local degrees; Media Production (The University of Lincoln) and Heritage Studies (Bishop Grosseteste University College), and both faculties have been extremely supportive.
The site also contains several ‘mini-documentaries’ on subjects like the making of medieval costumes, archaelogy, spinning, pottery, music and dance and the films story board.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: good
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The site would be of use to teachers wanting to buy a DVD reconstruction of some of the scenes from the Luttrell Psalter.
Its YouTube links could also be used directly as a research tool by students wishing to see how land was ploughed, pots were made or what medieval music sounded like.
This simple site has a wealth of information suitable for teachers to show reconstruction of the daily lives of the peasants illustrated in the Luttrell Psalter. It has the potential to be linked to a study of history or a student’s own practical art work, for example, fashion design, pottery or textiles
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Andy Mortimer
Name of School: Project Developer
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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