The Growth of a City Bradford 1750-1950

Ref: C3669652

This course explores aspects of the development of Bradford using a range of sources. The course will help place the town in its historic context. The course is predominately classroom based but there are two guided walks

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?

All welcome

What topics will this course cover

The course consists of 5 indoor sessions which would look at: · Welfare – Poor Law, workhouses charitable foundations, alms-houses · Public Health – Slum conditions, cholera outbreaks, hospitals and dispensaries · Cemeteries and Burial Grounds · Education – from church school to comprehensive · Public utilities – water, gas, electric Two outdoor sessions · Manningham – looking at Eldon Place, Peel Square and other localities just outside the inner ring road · For the second out of class session we are hoping to visit the Town Hall but this has yet to be confirmed

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

The Growth of a City Bradford 1750-1950 Course Outline

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