British History: Rebels In London

Ref: C2419254

Rebel queen Boudica burned London to the ground just 20 years after the Romans founded it. In 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, met king Richard II at Mile End, demanding an end to serfdom. The king gave in, but later betrayed the rebels. Some figures have more questionable motives, like Jonathan Wild, the “chief thief taker” of the 18th century, who turned out to know about crimes, because he was organising most of them. Others like William Cuffay, the black tailor and leader of the Chartists in 19th century London, were calling for democracy. We will also look at more recent struggles, such as the attempt to Suffragettes’ actions demanding women’s rights and the campaign against the fascist National Front. With slides and the course will discuss how a wide range of rebels were seen at the time and what we know now about how they affected the development of the city and the country.

Course aim

From Boudica to Sylvia Pankhurst or the Anti Nazi League, come to understand London’s history by examining rebels who have challenged the city’s authorities

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 leading rebels in London's history
  • Understand why some were popular at the time, but have been largely forgotten, while others are still seen as significant
  • Tell the difference between historical facts and myths
  • Explain how rebels have been key to shaping the city's history

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?

  • It will be helpful is students can take notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required, however it would be helpful to have read books on the subject such as David Rosenberg "Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History" or Lindsey German & John Rees "A People's History of London"

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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British History: Rebels In London


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