Day School - The Regency

Ref: C3528524

The Regency, the early years of the nineteenth century, was one of the most significant periods in British History. During this time the industrial revolution took off, steam power became practical, and scientific research took on its modern form. In the home this led to the development of china on the table, wallpaper and effective fireplaces. In literature there were writers such as Jane Austen and William Wordsworth, whose works are still read for pleasure today. Whilst in the visual world improving technology meant that pictures could be reproduced easily and cheaply. For the first time we are able to clearly see all aspects of the world, not just what people and places looked like but, through the numerous cartoons of the period, what they thought about their world. The day school will explore all these aspects, and more, but not just though pictures but through original or reproduction objects that can be looked at, handled and used.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA course. No fee remittance

Course aim

To explore the early nineteenth century through objects, real and facsimile, which can be handled and experienced.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Read eighteenth and nineteenth century fiction with clearer understanding of many aspects of the world the writers will have taken for granted but have been lost to modern readers.
  • Understand more about the way in which people would have lived in the surviving houses of the period.
  • Understand how many smaller antiques were used.

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
  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It would be useful to have read at least one of Jane Austen's novels, or at the very least watched the BBC adaptations

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Read and enjoy literature of the period with a greater understanding of the world the author was describing. Visit historic houses and museums and understand more about the lives f the people who had lived there and how surviving artefacts were used.

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Day School - The Regency

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