The Local History of South Shields through Art and Artefacts

Ref: C2523169

We live in an area of the UK that transformed the world in the 19/20c. The North East was at the forefront of scientific, technological, artistic, cultural and political events which had a direct impact upon how people lived their lives. As the nights get darker in the Autumn, the clocks go back, you come home to a darkened house and you flick a switch and their is light! Joseph Swan, 19c inventor and resident of Gateshead, did that! Learn more!

Course aim

The course will investigate the contribution made by individuals born or who lived in the North East in the 19/20c which made an impact upon the way we live in today using South Tyneside as a focus.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the significance of the role that the NE played in the development of the UK in the 19c
  • have a greater understanding of the contribution of key individuals from the NE
  • use and interpret primary source material
  • contribute, in a supportive way, to group discussion and analysis.

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Local History of South Shields through Art and Artefacts Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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