History: Edwardian Leicester

Ref: C2338739

The years between the death of Queen Victoria and World War I were some of the most eventful and formative in the history of Leicester. Suffragettes campaigned for votes for women, and the labour Party challenged the dominance of the Liberals in local politics. Unemployed footwear workers marched to London, and 'Landgrabbers' protested about unemployment by occupying areas of land in the town. Leicester acquired new electric trams, a new library and a new Poor Law Infirmary at North Evington, later the General Hospital. A Garden Suburb was established on co-operative principles at Humberstone, and in 1910 Leicester 'exiles' travelled from all over the world for a Homecoming event. All this was taking place against a backdrop of growing tension between the European ‘Great Powers’ and deteriorating relationships around the 'Irish Question' - but we will also look at the lighter side of Edwardian life, including its music halls, cinemas, and the 1908 London Olympics.

Course aim

The course will look at different aspects of life in Leicester between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of World War I.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify some of the major political and social issues of the Edwardian period in Leicester.
  • 2. Give examples of how they were addressed, and with what success.
  • 3. Make some comparisons with Victorian attitudes to social problems, and explain how and why some of them changed in the early 20th century.
  • 4. Know where to find further information for personal interest and research.

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

History: Edwardian Leicester 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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