Christmas and the Victorians: Did Dickens invent Christmas?

Ref: C3531839

Did the Victorians invent Christmas? Did Dickens invent Christmas? Well, no! This lecture will look at the legacy of Christmas traditions which became embedded in our culture during the period of industrialisation, consumerism and mass-marketing that was the nineteenth century. We are delivering this Christmas Lecture using Zoom. We will email, a few days before, the link to join the lecture with details of how to access Zoom if you should need it.

Course aim

This course will explore how much the Victorians are responsible for the legacy of Christmas traditions which survive today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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 which are the legacy of Christmas traditions.
  • how the Victorians helped to shape the Christmas we know today.
  • understand why Dickens is seen to be so central to the traditions of Christmas.
  • how consumerism and mass-marketing in the nineteenth century helped to create many of the traditions we associate with Christmas.
  • understand which aspects of the Christmas season pre-date the Victorian period.

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?

  • Q&A session at the end of the lecture

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Christmas and the Victorians: Did Dickens invent Christmas?

Conditions

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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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