Day School: History of London - Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge

Ref: C3740020

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.

Course aim

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

Download full course outline

Day School: History of London - Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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