Exploring the old roads of Derbyshire

Ref: C2337465

The course consists of seven classroom sessions which chart the development of our road network from prehistory to the early twentieth century. Two field trips will allow students to investigate examples of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and turnpike roads.

Course aim

To provide an outline of the history of roads and road transport in Derbyshire, relating this to the present day network of paths, tracks and lanes.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

We will examine roads and road users in prehistory, Roman, Medieval and early modern times, using examples from Derbyshire. We will use maps, primary and secondary written sources and fieldwork to trace the development of the modern road network.

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:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the history of local road networks. 2. Trace the development of roads and paths in their own area. 3. Gain greater enjoyment from walks by seeing footpaths in a historical context.

How will I know I'm making progress?

By participating fully in the classroom and outdoors. By completing a personal project on an aspect of road history.

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

Nothing needed

Reading and information sources

Full reading list to be supplied

What could the course lead to?

Various research areas will be suggested for any students wishing to further their studies.

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