Aspects of Bradford in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Ref: C3669343

This course explores the development of Bradford using a range of sources. The course will help place the town in its historic contest. The course is predominately classroom based but there is one guided walk.

Course aim

To explore the physical, archaeological and written evidence for the town’s development To give students sufficient confidence to begin to interpret this material for themselves

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course consists of six classroom sessions and one guided walk. The classroom sessions will cover a several aspects of Bradford life in the 19th and 20th centuries. These include Churches and Chapels, Houses, Shops, Music Hall and Cinemas, Cemeteries and burial grounds, and Bradford in WW1. The guided walk (from the Midland Hotel to the former Yorkshire Penny Bank and back) will focus on surviving historic buildings in and show how the past has affected the present in each case.

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:

Identify some surviving features of the pre-industrial landscape Trace the development of Bradford and the surrounding district Identify those elements which contribute to the character of the town

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbally during the sessions and through the use of individual learning plans

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

There is no set reading for this course. Classroom sessions tend to focus on discussion, though some students may wish to bring pen and paper so they can take notes. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential for the outdoor sessions.

Reading and information sources

There is no set reading required as preparation for this course. I will make suggestions for further reading and information sources during the sessions for those participants who wish to study the topics further.

What could the course lead to?

More detailed courses on local and regional history

Download full course outline

Aspects of Bradford in the 19th and 20th Centuries Course Outline


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