Ref: C2523962

Topics will include seventeenth-century material culture – housing and belongings, food and drink, clothing and hygiene; families, relationships, childhood, birth and death; religion, magic, science, and medicine; the world of work; entertainment and leisure; disaster, war and famine. So whether you want to know how to cure the plague, avoid the noose, light your house or enjoy a night on the town the seventeenth century way, this course is for you! Featuring not only lectures and discussions but lots of objects, sources, and activities. Wherever possible sources and information will come from the local area. If possible, the course may include a field trip to seventeenth century buildings in Newcastle.

Course aim

This course will examine the lives, possessions and thoughts of ordinary men, women and children through the seventeenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the home and possessions of a typical seventeenth century family
  • Describe their daily routines and what made them “tick”.
  • Have a basic understanding of some of the key sources used by social historians of the period.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will study a range of sources, handly replica objects and take part in hands-on activities like period games and recipes.

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?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There is no set course material but suggestions of interesting websites or books will be made throughout the course should you wish to pursue them.

What can I do next?

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

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