A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands

Ref: C3673479

Brian Holmshaw is leading a class for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The first session will use images, maps and documents from a range of time periods to set the scene on the history and development of Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces. The following five sessions will each investigate a different park or wood in the city through site visit. Tuesday afternoons, 2.00-4.00pm for 6 weeks from 12 June to 17 July 2018 with the first session being held at Firth Park Bowling Pavilion, 420 Firth Park Rd, Sheffield S5 6HH. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course or email brian.holmshaw@btinternet.com for course content.

Course aim

To provide an understanding of how Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces developed in the way we know them now.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand key aspects of the historical development of parks, woodlands and open spaces in the city
  • Understand how individual parks, woodlands and open spaces have developed due to specific historical, geographical, social, political and environmental factors in the city
  • Identify some key historical features and buildings in the Sheffield landscape

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • You may wish to bring a notebook to write down information or draw features you see on site visit. A camera may also be useful to record buildings and landscape features.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Handouts will be supplied.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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