History: Britains Overlooked History

Ref: C3738653

A chance to discover events that are overlooked, downplayed or simply forgotten about. They range from the Great Cheese Riot of 1766 to Scottish nationalists who supported Hitler to radical groups who came close to taking power in the 1650s.

Course aim

To explore aspects of British history that are often overlooked, particularly those that challenged the establishment or dominant views.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Each session will look at an event or movement in British history that is often overlooked or rarely talked about. Some will be more obscure than others. In each case, we will look at some key questions about the event or movement and and consider its consequences. We'll then ask why how (and if) we should remember it today. The following are likely to be included (but please not that this is not a finalised list so they are not guaranteed). - 1395: Lollards nail a poster to the door of Parliament, challenging church and state - 1659: Levellers, Fifth Monarchists and other radicals nearly take control of England - 1766: The Great Cheese Riot reveals urban discontent - 1847: The Treachery of the Blue Books: Wales is divided - 1917: Alice Wheeldon, suffragette peace activist, is tried for murder - 1932: The Kinder Scout trespass - ramblers get militant - 1939: Pacifists, fascists and communists oppose World War Two

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Outline the basics of several aspects of British history that are rarely talked about. 2. Make an argument about the causes and consequences of several overlooked incidents, relating them to developments that are better known. 3. Be able to discuss different views on why some historical events are remembered more than others and how our beliefs affect (and are affected by) the way we approach history.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be informal feedback during class discussions throughout the course. The tutor is happy to provide more detailed feedback to individual students if required, after sessions or by email.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen.

Reading and information sources

Suggestions for reading will be made at the beginning of, and during, the course. None of the reading is required, so please don't worry if you do not have time for it; you will still be able to follow the course.

What could the course lead to?

Other studies of history, at the same or a higher level. A greater awareness of what events and movements have shaped Britain as it is today.

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History: Britains Overlooked History Course Outline

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