The Midford Sisters

Ref: C2523971

The 6 Mitford Sisters all had very distinct characters. Each girl was an individual and they quite often pulled in different directions, leading to arguments and conflict with their parents and each other. But in a way, the lives of the girls encompassed everything the twentieth century stood for – the clash between the old and the new, social reform, politics, growing independence for women and all in the company of some of the most powerful and influential people of the age. Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah remain six of the most charismatic and intriguing women in history. Their stories are truly remarkable.

Course aim

This course will look at the early lives of the Mitford Sisters, from the early 1900s to the start of the Second World War.

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:

  • Identify the six Mitford sisters and their extended family
  • Understand how their lifestyle and upbringing shaped their characters
  • Recognise how events of the early 20th century impacted on their lives
  • Understand more about the history of the 20th century

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?

  • 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

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Midford Sisters


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