Norfolks Industrial Past

Ref: C2228374

In this course we challenge the view that Norfolk is simply a rural county. The course tells the stories and analyses the evidence of Norfolk's industrial past between 1700 and 1950, from textiles to heavy engineering and the spread of service industries, and though the study of written and pictorial sources, and evidence from the built environment, we will develop our understanding of the surprising variety and scale of industry both in Norwich and throughout the county.

Course aim

Norfolk is usually seen as agricultural and rural, and that the industrial revolution largely passed it by. In this course we consider the development of industry in the county between 1700 and 1950, and relate it to surviving sites.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in history with a local emphasis, whatever their prior knowledge of the historical period or experience in the use of evidence.

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

  • identify key factors of industrial and agrarian development and relate them to the pattern of industry in Norfolk
  • Trace the rise and decline of major industries in Norwich and Norfolk, and draw conclusions
  • examine, analyse and compare source materials on Norwich industries and draw conclusions from them
  • share in discussion on the role of entrepreneurs
  • apply your knowledge of the period and themes, and your analytical skills, to new materials

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Materials will be provided, and no prior reading is required. During the course books and possible avenues of study will be suggested.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Norfolks Industrial Past

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