British History: The Hanoverian Consorts

Ref: C2419078

This course will study the consorts of the Hanoverian monarchs from the accession of George I in 1714 to the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Though the power of the monarchy declined in the period, the court remained one of the centres of political life and monarchs and their consorts exercised a powerful influence through their patronage of culture and of charitable projects. The themes of the first part of the course will tie in with the ‘Enlightened Princesses’ exhibition at Kensington Palace. Students will be encouraged to access material from the Royal Archives which is now available online and is greatly enhancing our understanding of the period.

Additional information about this course

This course is now full. Please contact local Petts Wood Branch for a waiting list.

Course aim

To study the British monarchy through the consorts of the Hanoverian monarchs and to show their importance in the politics and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the nature of the British monarchy in the Hanoverian period
  • assess the importance of the Hanoverian consorts in creating the British monarchy
  • be aware of the political and cultural roles of the Hanoverian consorts
  • access some of the online material from the Royal Archives

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course outline

British History: The Hanoverian Consorts Course Outline


You can 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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