Hello, I am Dr Allan Barton and welcome to my Teachable page. Here on Teachable I offer an ever-expanding range of online courses in art and architectural history, church history, hagiography, iconography and theology. These are mostly introductory courses that are thematic in nature and they are pitched at a beginner to intermediate level - but even someone who has a good knowledge and grasp of the subject matter I cover, will get something from them.
I have over twenty years’ experience as a teacher and lecturer. I have mostly worked in the adult education sector. I was for several years a tutor for the Workers Educational Association and have also taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in universities. I am a member of the academic board of the Centre for Parish Church Studies and teach day schools regularly for them. For the past fifteen years I have also been a minister of religion – so I am an experienced public speaker. Behind that teaching experience, I have a solid academic background, with a PhD in History of Art and an MA in Medieval Studies – both from the University of York and degrees in History from University College London and Theology from Oxford. In my academic work I am able to approach the study of the past from an interdisciplinary and well-rounded perspective. I have been published extensively over the years and my scholarship was recognised through my election as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2018. In my courses, you will benefit, I hope, from both that knowledge and experience.
Above all I would say that I am an enthusiast for the subjects I teach – the past really excites me. I teach because I have a great love for art, architecture, and history.
I really do hope you enjoy my courses as much as I enjoy creating them.
Lastly, just to say that my relationship with you as a learner doesn’t simply end when you download the course - I offer one to one support for all users of my content. So, if you have any questions about the course curriculum, or the content, or would like me to clarify things, or you just want to dig a bit deeper into the subjects I cover, do get in touch with me. You can do that either by email or through one of my social media accounts. I would really love to hear from you and support you directly in your learning. Also, don’t forget that I offer lots of free content on my YouTube channel and on Blog for you to enjoy, that will support your learning here. Links to how you can get in touch with me and all that external content are below.