Stand and Deliver: Highwaymen vs the Georgian Judicial System

Ref: C2226833

By 1737 Dick Turpin was England’s ‘Public Enemy Number One’ with a string of house-breaking offences, highway robberies and a cold-blooded murder to his name. The forces of law and order seemed completely ineffectual in bringing him to justice, and it was only due to a lucky co-incidence that he was eventually tried and hanged – but for stealing horses, rather than for his exploits as a highwayman. We will also trace the development of the potent myth of the heroic “gentleman highwayman” which has grown up over the last 200 years in literature, the arts and the media.

Additional information about this course

Session ends at 4pm as it includes 1 hour lunch break.

Course aim

This session will look in detail at the careers of a number of notorious highway robbers and reveal the cat and mouse games they played with the authorities who struggled to apprehend them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the motivations and operational methods of 18th century highway robbers
  • Describe how the modern myth of the "gentleman highwayman" has developed over the last 200 years
  • Identify the challenges facing the forces of law and order in Georgian England when trying to deal with the issue of highway robbery

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Stand and Deliver: Highwaymen vs the Georgian Judicial System

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  • 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 2019
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