The Family at War: family history and the Home Front 1914-18
Family and social history on the WW1 home front, each session reflects on how your family might have been affected. We consider the politics, home economics and sheer terror of the period. A course for those with an interest in the history of your own family, local community or wider social history.
Additional information about this course
Family and social history on the WW1 home front. Course explores how your family might have been affected. Consider politics, home economics and terror of the period. A course for those with an interest in the history of your own family, local community or wider social history.
We focus our interest in family history on the WW1 home front. Each session looks at a couple of aspects and reflects on how your family might have been affected and coped.
Who is the course for?
Those interested in WW1 at home and those keen to know what their own family was doing and who they were during the war.
What topics will this course cover
Your family at home Researching the period WW1 military and non-military records Conscience and dissent Aspects of the home front Ethics and economics of war
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. Identify relevant historical records to integrate into your own family history research. 2. Draw a basic pedigree and wider family tree using data and other information as discovered online and offline. 3. Contribute to building a team of family historians willing and eager to support, encourage and cooperate with each other. 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways that total war affected the lives, lifestyles, faith and beliefs of those involved. 5. Be aware of and be able to access other resources in archives, publications and historical societies.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Question and answer, sharing sessions, discussion, mentoring, observation. Every session has a sharing time to offer views, discoveries and requests for support. The tutor will offer opportunities for one to one support in the class. There are no exams but games-based tests are offered to test your knowledge and skills.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
None needed although access to an online family tree-builder might be helpful. Do bring a folder, pen and paper.
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Further courses on family history, history and literature may offer valuable contextual learning. You may benefit from IT courses in adding to your online and organisation skills. These are offered by the WEA and also at various levels by Adult Learning, local FE colleges and the Open university and other local Universities.