Know Your Sheffield: A Local History of the City

Ref: C3676997

Tutor Brian Holmshaw is running an 10-week evening class for the WEA, called Know Your Sheffield – A Local History of the City. A well-established course using images, maps and documents of the period. Thursday afternoons, 14.00 to 16.00 for 10 weeks from 16 January to 26 March 2020 at Meersbrook Hall, Brook Rd, Sheffield S8 9FL

Course aim

To provide a chronology of late C19th and C20th Sheffield and explain key historical buildings and industrial, social and political change in that period.

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 the chronology of Sheffield from the mid-C19th to the late C20th
  • Understand key aspects of the industrial processes that contributed to the development of Sheffield
  • Understand key aspects of political change in Sheffield over this period
  • Identify a range of people who influenced the development Sheffield in this period
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided
  • A notebook or laptop to take notes would be useful if you wish to bring one

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

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Know Your Sheffield: A Local History of the City

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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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