A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands

Ref: C3675436

Brian Holmshaw is leading a second series of short summer walks for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The five sessions will each investigate a different park or wood in the city through site visit. Thursday evening, 18.00-20.00 for 5 weeks from 6 June to 4 July 2018 with the first session being held at Abbeyfield Park House, 187 Burngreave Rd, Sheffield S3 9DL. 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?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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 information sheet

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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