Know your Sheffield - Local History

Ref: C3671604

This Autumn: Sheffield from the Tudors to the industrial revolution, using historic pictures, maps and texts. What to look out for around the city, and get into the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Anticipate Summer trips. [197]

Course aim

To introduce Sheffield history through the industrial revolution to the present.To put local knowledge within a wider historical context so people see aspects of the city in a new light during their everyday lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Interest is enough. The group may vary, from newcomers to Sheffield, to those with good knowledge.

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

  • 1. Know what to look out for around the city - i.e. recognise significant historic features in surviving buildings, sites, artefacts and images of the city's industrial and recent past.
  • 2. Identify key stages and events in the growth of Sheffield from the Tudors to the early 19th century.
  • 3. Understand the main economic, industrial and technological changes affecting the lives of Sheffielders, and the consequent social and political changes.
  • 4. Learn where to find the most accessible sources for local historical investigation.
  • 5. Talk about aspects of Sheffield history with more confidence.

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
  • Many students do get inspired to follow up aspects of history in their own time, but this is entirely voluntary. NB This year THE COURSE WILL BE JOINTLY TUTORED by Robin Fielder and Brian Holmshaw.

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?

  • A4 notepad, and folder

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • books and internet sources will be recommended as appropriate, and a book list is provided. We do a lot of map work, and members often buy reproductions of historical maps.

What can I do next?

  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Other historical / geographical courses, personal research etc. Regretably little on local history seems available through the WEA at present. Some go on to Family History, or come to this course from that direction.

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Know your Sheffield - Local History Course Outline


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