Introduction to Victorian History (Monday course)
The course will explore what life was like in Victorian Britain for the working class and the rich. Subjects covered will include advancements in technology and industry, the reign of Queen Victoria and a look at the notable and famous people of the era who helped shape our lives and the world we live in today. The course will look in particular at Portsmouth in the Victorian era and will include a trip to Portsmouth City Museum to discover some of the city's history.
The course will act as an introduction to life in Portsmouth and, more widely, Great Britain during the Victorian era. The course will include a trip out to Portsmouth City Museum . The students will learn, amongst other things, what life was like at the time and the events and people that shaped the 19th century.
Who is the course for?
The course is for anybody wanting to learn about what life was like in Victorian Great Britain, and in particular in Portsmouth. No prior knowledge of Victorian history is required.
What topics will this course cover
Students will gain knowledge of what life was like in 19th century Britain. Topics covered will include: Victorian society - what life was like for the poor and the rich Inventions and advancements in technology and industry (The Industrial Revolution) Famous Victorians such as Charles Dickens and Lord Shaftesbury (who tried to improve children's lives) The British Empire A look at what it was like to be a child in Victorian times The local history of Portsmouth and the surrounding area during the 19th century Queen Victoria and her reign over the country
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 basic knowledge of what life was like in the 19th century from the perspective of the working class and the rich. 2. Learn how the Industrial Revolution changed lives through advancements in industry and technology 3. Gain a knowledge of what life was like for children at the time 4. Discover the local history of Portsmouth and the surrounding area during Victorian times. 5. Have improved self confidence and an improved feeling of well being
How will I know I'm making progress?
Your tutor will tell you about your progress weekly You will be able to ask them about your progress You may be taking part in quizzes, activities and competitions in class
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
No prior knowledge of Victorian history is required, A good idea would be to do your own research/read books between classes. Entry to Portsmouth City Museum is free but you may incur costs for travelling/refreshments.
Reading and information sources
None required unless you wish to do so.
What could the course lead to?
The possibility of a further course focusing on a different era of history. You may also wish to explore the Wessex Archaeological Society's website. English and Maths are always useful and can be studied at the Omega Centre as can Arts of various types.