TASTER: The Rural Idyll? Country Life in Suffolk between 1700-1900

Ref: C2225765

The years between 1700 and 1900 saw major changes in the landscape, society and economy of rural Suffolk. Using material and pictorial evidence, and a selection of relevant sources, we follow these changes and consider their effects on the landscape and the different social groups, from the owners of the great estates to the agricultural labourers. We consider the reasons for, and evidence of, rural unrest, and the new opportunities offered to rural workers by industrial, transport and educational developments, and the establishment of colonies.

Additional information about this course

Direct Access - open to all. Celebrate Suffolk Day and the Festival of Learning week.

Course aim

We explore country life in Suffolk, from the lives of the great landowners to those of the agricultural labourers, at a time of great economic and social change.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify key factors of the changes in rural landscapes during the period
  • Use pictorial evidence to explore the role of the great estates, and the influence of the squire and parson on rural society
  • Make use of source materials to identify changes in social life in rural Suffolk in the period

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You might undertake individual research, or join a local history group to undertake a project.

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TASTER: The Rural Idyll? Country Life in Suffolk between 1700-1900


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