Georgian and Regency York and the Wider World

Ref: C3670850

We will look at the local and social history of York within the context of national and international events, such as the colonial wars, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, including the arrival of the railways. We may include a visit to the National Railway Museum or another local heritage site, depending on students' interests.

Course aim

To introduce students to the Georgian period in York and the wider world, with options for a field trip or personal research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name three significant people from the period in York, and explain why they are important.
  • Describe the influence of the civic authorities, the Church and the Guilds during the period
  • Explain why York missed out on the Industrial Revolution compared with other parts of Yorkshire
  • Describe the involvement and impact of York people on wider social and political issues such as the abolition of slavery
  • List two changes that resulted from the railways coming to York and discuss how York became a prominent railway centre

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

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

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Georgian and Regency York and the Wider World


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