A History of Dunstables Utilities and Amenities

Ref: C2224253

This is a continuation of the course which compares the amenities and utilities available in Tudor Dunstable with those of today and investigates how science, technology, and social and health needs have resulted in such enormous changes to local everyday life. Topics covered will include:- The provision reliable food, fuel and personal service through businesses, shops and markets. Changes in transport: railways, road improvements How law and order was administered How the provision of parks, sport facilities, cinema, theatre and other leisure activities contributed to health and pleasure. The mail and telephone service and the development of the local press,

Additional information about this course

NB: New venue - Queen Victoria, 69 West Street, DUNSTABLE LU6 1ST

Course aim

To examine the seldom discussed development and local history of the many services and provisions on which we daily depend for the basic necessities, comfort, safety, health and pleasure.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List and compare the amenities of Tudor Dunstable with those of today.
  • Discuss how public protection, law and order was maintained and changed.
  • Identity how improved transport affected health, work and welfare in Dunstable
  • Describe how leisure amenities have developed in the area and their resulting benefits.
  • Outline the development of local newspapers, postal services, telephone communication improved community cohesion,

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a notebook and pen to make notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

A History of Dunstables Utilities and Amenities Course Outline


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