Post War London

Ref: C2419179

The course will provide students with an insight into how Londoners coped with the War and how the War affected post-war life The main sessions will include: 1. London during the Blitz 2. The Royal Family during the War 3. Evacuees and Home Guard 4. Womens' role in the War and the Land Army 5. VE & VJ Days and street parties and celebrations 6. Post-war rationing & the Marshall Plan 7. Study visit to Hendon Air Museum 8. The Cold War 9. Clement Atlee and the Welfare State 10. the Festival of Britain

Course aim

To understand how London coped with the War and how the War impacted on post-War life in London

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:

  • . Understand the political and economic factors that led to the Second World War
  • Understand the impact on Londoners of the Blitz
  • Understand the role of women in dealing with the War and contributing to the War effort
  • Understand how the end of the War impacted on economic and social life
  • Understand what was the motive behind staging the Festival of Britain

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

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

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Post War London

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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