Day School: History of London - Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge
Beginning with the history of the Thames and its importance in the development of London as a world capital trading city we will study in detail the river, the riverside buildings and the bridges between Westminster and Tower Bridges
Additional information about this course
Excludes lunch - ends 15:30. This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.
The River Thames has been fundamental to the development of London as the trading capital of the world. We will explore the river, the riverside buildings and the bridgesfrom Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
We will study the river itself from source to estuary and then take a downstream journey from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. As we travel downstream we will explore the riverside, the buildings and the bridges.
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 each bridge 2. Describe at least 3 important commercial riverside buildings 3. Explain the function of 2 of the riverside Livery Company Halls
How will I know I'm making progress?
Question and answer sessions, revisions before each class and participation in group discussions
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
A London A-Z book of maps,
Reading and information sources
Reading any books about the Thames, the bridges in London
What could the course lead to?
Further London courses, exploration of the Thames Path