Discovering the History of Your Town

Ref: C2224510

This course shows how easily available resources can be used to uncover the history of Harpenden in the 19th Century. Sample documents will be provided for the group to explore and discuss. The course will provide an informal way of discovering aspects of local history and can be varied to suit class needs. The session will be as follows. 1. Introduction and buildings. 2. Pictures. 3. Maps. 4. Directories 1 (1820’s or 1830’s) 5. Census ; 1851 & 1891. 6. Newspapers. 7. Directories 2 (1880’s or 1890’s) 8. Archive Documents and summary.

Course aim

This course aims to show how the history of Harpenden in the 19th century can be explored through available books, documents and other sources.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. Recognise the main sources which can be used by the historian of the 19th Century.
  • 2. Have a greater understanding of the Harpenden in the 19th Century.
  • 3. Understand how to critically read historical sources
  • 4. Understand where to find these sources
  • 5. Understand how these sources can be used to support family history.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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

Download full course outline

Discovering the History of Your Town Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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