The History of the River Severn as a commericial waterway

Ref: C3125185

The course is of 5 sessions. Session 1: the physical evolution of the River Severn through time and its early human history. Sessions 2 to 4: A detailed look at commercial aspects of the river in five geographic sections from Sharpness to Welshpool: Session 5: A look at the associated canals that provided links with the whole English waterway system: Session 5: Is there a future for reopening the river as a major freight route into central England? Followed by discusssion.

Course aim

The course is aimed at an appreciation of the River Severn as a natural and important commercial inland waterway through history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • An understanding of how the river Severn has evolved physically through time.
  • An appreciation of its role in the economic history of Engalnd and the Welsh Marches.
  • A detailed understanding of the river ports that were created and the commerce that developed.
  • A look into the future.

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?

  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The History of the River Severn as a commericial waterway

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