Day School:Walk your Way to Better Health: Victorian Urban Development

Ref: C2225434

This morning course will explore how Cambridge developed in the nineteenth century, beyond its medieval core. We'll begin by comparing the maps that show this growth, along with other documents that tell us more about the population and the economy of the town, and the parallel stories of the town and the University. Our walk will then take us east from Bridge Street, including some key buildings, terraces and across the common to Newmarket Road and then back through the fascinating history of the Kite area, considering some of the institutions that sprang up to cater for this new population. It's a history that can be compared to other towns in that era, for similarities and differences. The walk is entirely on tarmac paths and streets, but the riverside and common will give us a green interlude away from main roads.

Additional information about this course

No previous experience required, this class is open to all.

Course aim

An exploration of Victorian Cambridge, partly in the classroom, and then as a walk (about 4km, 2 1/2 miles) to visit a range of existing buildings and the sites of those long gone.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Visit some of the lesser-known parts of Cambridge.
  • Describe some of the institutions set up in Victorian Cambridge to 'improve' the population.
  • Discuss Victorian urban changes, that can be applied to study of other towns.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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Day School:Walk your Way to Better Health: Victorian Urban Development

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