Discovering Victorian Nottingham

Ref: C2346949

Nottingham became a large industrialised City in the 19th century but how did this happen? This course will use a variety of historical sources to identify key factors in its development, including photographs, maps and diaries. It will highlight skills in the interpretation of sources that will focus on local buildings and architects, overcrowding, health issues, the need for green spaces, crime, sport and leisure. It will also highlight specific areas including The Marshes, Forest Fields and the Park in order to evaluate how contrasting urban areas evolved and consider their role in the City's development. Along the way we will discover some of the leading business innovators of the period and some of Nottingham's 'characters.' A field visit to the centre of Nottingham will be on 26 April.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to explore the development of Victorian Nottingham from a market town to an industrial City. It will introduce a range of historical sources that can use to identify the growth of the urban landscape and cultural heritage.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Name at least 5 architects who have designed major buildings in Nottingham and identify at least one of their buildings.
  • Explain where they can pursue research into local historical sources.
  • Use historical maps effectively
  • Name 5 key business entrepreneurs of Victorian Nottingham
  • Evaluate the content and significance of old photographs

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Some paper, a pen and a pencil will be useful on this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Discovering Victorian Nottingham


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