The Long Forty Years: 1979-2019

Ref: C3680019

Understanding and making sense of change and its impact is central to a healthy democracy. The Long Forty Years is a period that has changed working class communities out of all recognition. It includes the Thatcher Revolution, the New Labour era, followed by a period dominated by austerity and Brexit, culminating in Boris Johnson’s breach of the Red Wall in 2019. Many people are vaguely aware of these changes; few will have seen them as a continuous process. Every fortnight, from 10 November, with guest facilitators Jol Miskin and Martin Yarnit, we will explore the causes and effects of the main events and changes of the last 40 years. You will be encouraged to share your views, experiences and memories of the period. One outcome may be a shared collection of stories, photos and recordings that help to bring alive this crucial period of history.

Course aim

Share personal reflections of the deep social and political changes of the Long Forty Years - 1979-2019 - on family, friends and communities. Confront the puzzle; How did Yorkshire go from reviling Thatcherism to voting for Johnson?

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:

  • Discuss and explore the social, economic and political themes of the long 40 years.
  • Identify the causes and effects of the main changes.
  • Identify and record specific individual memories and family memories of the long 40 years.
  • Contribute to and produce a collection of memories, documents and photographs available to the public.
  • Contribute to a discussion about continuing this programme.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You may wish to make notes for yourself and in small group work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Long Forty Years: 1979-2019


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