Restoration and Georgian Herefordshire 1660-1760

Ref: C3125134

In political and religious terms the Georgians lived in the shadow of the Civil War and Interregnum. Military rule and the rise of lower class sectarianism accelerated the upper class political settlement of 1660 - the Restoration. This inaugurated more than a century of aristocratic rule combined with low-church tendencies in the Anglican Church. Surprisingly, there was toleration for non-conformists. In economic terms it was an age of expansion; thriving overseas trade leading to the ‘Agrarian and Industrial Revolution’. All this can be detected in Herefordshire. In cultural terms this was the classical age par excellence, providing a ‘style’ which dominated the enthusiasms that preoccupied polite society e.g. literature, art, architecture and gardening.

Course aim

A survey of the political, religious, economic and cultural history of Hereford shire from the restoration of Charles II to the reign of George III

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:

  • 1. To understand the conceptual basis of the course e.g. Interregnum, Restoration, non-conformity, agrarian and industrial ‘revolutions’, neo-classicism, the landscape movement etc.
  • 2. To understand the nature of the political and religious settlement that underpinned Georgian society – at the top and bottom.
  • 3. To grasp the elements of continuity and change, together with the system of periodisation, used by different historians, economic, social and political, in this era.
  • 4. To recognise the significance of specific places, sites, houses, landscapes and artefacts, which epitomise the physical character of the era.
  • 5. To be able to place the history of Herefordshire between 1660 and 1760 in a broader national and international context.

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
  • Answer questions about the previous session for revision purposes

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Students might like to attend ‘Herefordshire in the Age of Revolution 1760-1840’ in 2019 – God willing!

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Restoration and Georgian Herefordshire 1660-1760 Course Outline

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