History: Walks - Secret London

Ref: C2418527

London is the most diverse city in the world. Many distinct places lie within its boundaries. We shall find unusual corners, unexpected history and remarkable buildings which illustrate its development both socially and culturally, coupled with a pleasant morning’s walk! Please note: Occasionally a walk may include a venue with an entrance fee. Total fees will never exceed £20 in any term.

Additional information about this course

First and last sessions only are 2.5 hours finishing at 13:30pm; remaining sessions 2 hours. The first walk will start from the Royal Festival Hall cafe, Blue Side. After the initial meeting the class will start at various venues as advised by the tutor.

Course aim

By walking through six different areas of London, this course will help to give an understanding of the social, historic and cultural development of London.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Walks will cover different aspects of the social, historical and cultural development of London. Topics may include the west end in the 1920s, the history of London shopping, the east end furniture industry, history of early London theatre, John Nash, London after the Great Fire, immigrant communities in the east end and other subjects.

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 develop their appreciation of certain areas of London and London life 2. acquire fresh knowledge on a range of different aspects of London. 3. benefited in terms of health through the walks 4. feel a part of a group and have made friends 5. follow up the topics covered in the course either by individual research and study or taking up other related courses.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each learner will be able to discuss individually during the course their needs and receive feedback. The class will be encouraged to express their opinions and make contributions throughout the course and to shape its content. Individual Learning Plans and targets set by learners will influence instruction.

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

Appropriate shoes and clothing for walking during spring. Students may wish to make notes so writing/materials could be brought along.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is required. Student notes on each walk will be provided and they will include suggestions for further reading/activity.

What could the course lead to?

Similar courses on London are available at other adult education centres and lectures at the Museum of London and the Guildhall Library. Blue Badge Guide courses on London and the SouthEast are available as are Green Badge courses on the City of London, the City of Westminster and Clerkenwell and Islington. There is also a course for Camden.

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History: Walks - Secret London Course Outline


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