Day School: The Thames Sailing Barge

Ref: C2224212

1. The Thames barge, its origin and development. The different barge trades. The decline of cargo carrying unde rsail. 2. The construction, the rigging and the handling of a barge under sail. 3. The barge as maritime heritage. Strategies for preservation.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to the history and development; the construction and rigging and the preservation of the Thames Sailing Barge.

Who is the course for?


What topics will this course cover

See above

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Not applicable

How will I know I'm making progress?

Not applicable

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Not relevant

Reading and information sources

Booklist will by provided during the course

What could the course lead to?

Wasting your life messing around on old boats

Download full course outline

Day School: The Thames Sailing Barge Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 01223 417320 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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