Introducing the Victorians

Ref: C2338090

Students will learn how to gain knowledge of what everyday life was like in 19th century England using a variety of evidence including photographs, maps, written evidence and artefacts. Students will be encouraged to participate in informal and friendly group discussions and activities. Topics covered will include: • Victorian Lincolnshire, an introduction to the period, and the historic county • Houses and Homes, an overview of everyday life in town and country • Transport and Industry, the impact of the railway and other means of transport • Children, rich and poor, school, learning, toys and games • Victorian Christmas and popular entertainment • Victorian Society – rich and poor, some Lincolnshire personalities • Working the Land and the importance of agriculture in Victorian Lincolnshire

Course aim

To explore how we can find out about everyday life in the Victorian period by investigating different forms of evidence including artefacts, maps, documents and photographs.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • 1. Understand how images and artefacts can help us learn about life in the past
  • 2. Have an overview of everyday life in the 19th century
  • 3. Have a knowledge of what life was like for children in the nineteenth century
  • 4. Know where to access information and resources about the local history of the area
  • 5. Have improved self-confidence and sense of well being

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?

  • Assessment will be informal and friendly. You may be taking part in hands-on activities and quizzes in class

What else do I need to know?

  • No prior knowledge of Victorian history is required. Entry to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, where the course will be held, is free. There is a small café and you may like to bring some money for a drink.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior knowledge of Victorian history is required.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • A developing interest in the Victorian Period

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Introducing the Victorians

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