London Walks: London Uncovered

Ref: C2418781

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 session meet at Euston Rail Station ticket hall. Half-term TBA

Course aim

Seven morning walks which will uncover some of London’s lesser-known areas and will tell part of the story historically, socially and culturally of the most diverse city in the world.

Who is the course for?

No particular qualification but an interest in and a curiosity about London in all its aspects.

What topics will this course cover

Walks will cover different aspects of the social, historical and cultural development of London. Topics have included: 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, Richmond Palace.

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.Have a wider appreciation of certain areas of London and London life 2. Have acquired fresh knowledge on different aspects of London. 3. Have benefited in terms of health 4. Feel a part of a group and have made friends 5. Be encouraged to follow up the topics covered in the course either in individual study or 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 for the time of the year. Students may wish to make notes and should bring writing/recording materials.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is required. Student notes for each walk will be provided and will contain suggestions for further reading/activities

What could the course lead to?

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

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London Walks: London Uncovered Course Outline


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