A History of the Railways in York - Day School
York is a railway town and in the19th and 20th centuries was a major railway centre. Which other city – outside London – can still boast of 5 York Station sites though only one is still working. The course explores York in a new and different way
To introduce students to how York in the 19th century became a railway centre for passenger and goods traffic, for locomotive, wagons and carriage building and for railway company administration. This half-day course aims to provide a good summary of that development and of the railways in York today
Who is the course for?
Anyone living in or around York who is interested in local history
What topics will this course cover
Railways as a significant factor in the growth, development and prosperity of York
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:
Evaluate railways as an agent of development Explain how railways work Demonstrate and understanding of York and the railway, yesterday and tomorrow
How will I know I'm making progress?
I will encourage students to use their eyes and ears to better understand the City of York
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
This is only a half-day course so I shall provide, in projected pictures and in print copies, all that will be required. If any students have an OS Map of York rthat may be helpful
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Exploring York with new eyes and understanding how railways work for passengers and goods
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This course is not available for online enrolment.
Please call 0113 245 3304 to enquire about enrolling on this course.