Pudsey and District: People, Resources and Heritage

Ref: C3670607

This course looks at the interaction between people and the landscape. It focuses on how natural resources have been exploited through history and on how this affects the character of the region today.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

This course aims to discover the role of archaeology in interpreting the landscape of the Pudsey area, explore the physical and written evidence for the development of Pudsey, Calverley and other towns and villages in the region and 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

• Hunter gatherers, the creation of moorland, uses of the moors in medieval and early modern times • Neolithic Revolution, fields from hedgerow to stone walling • Water, as an object of devotion, Iron Age burials, spring line settlements, the siting of dams and weirs, water power Canals, drinking water supply, sewage • Woodland and its management, woodland clearance, coppicing and standards, wood as a construction material, import of timber, import of exotics for estates and gardens • Coal, railways, the Age of Steam • Stone: quarrying, houses, Victorian towns

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 at least 3 surviving features of the pre-industrial landscape Trace the historic development of Pudsey and the surrounding district Identify at least 5 elements which contribute to the character of the region

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.

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

Pudsey and District: People, Resources and Heritage Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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