Scarborough goes Pop! Pop Heritage from Charles Laughton to Johnny Rotten

Ref: C3672705

A talk then tour exploring many of Scarborough's 'pop cultural' highlights - the stars, the T.V & film locations, the famous gigs, the stories, anecdotes, tall tales and some myth busting. A unique opportunity allowing participants to discover first hand many of the town's 'sites of specific popular culture interest'. Visit the locations which have changed and those which, oddly enough, remain exactly the same. Discover the venue which boasted an early gig for David Bowie, what did the Sex Pistols do to one journalist on their own 'secret visit', visit the locations of famous scenes from 'Little Voice' & 'A Chorus of Disapproval', where did the cast of the recent 'Dad's Army' film hang out during filming and what was the route taken by the Beatles to escape their screaming fans - all this and much more, with the opportuinty to uncover a Blue Plaque or two along the way.

Course aim

A talk then tour taking in some of Scarborough's 'pop cultural' highlights - the stars, the T.V & film locations, the famous gigs, the stories, the anecdotes and the tall tales.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required, and please wear suitable shoes and clothing. If necessary, please bring suitable protection from the weather.

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

  • Gain a knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of differing 'pop cultural' events in Scarborough
  • Gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to apply this knowledge to a greater understand of pop culture history in general.
  • Draw from one’s existing knowledge and experience in applying this knowledge to broader effect - sociological, economic and historical perspectives.
  • Gain a confidence in reflecting on and expressing views relating to popular cuture which one considers important
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for popular culture in general.

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
  • Please Note. Registration: 10am | Illustrated talk: 10.15am - 12.15pm | Lunch (not provided): 12.15 - 1.15pm | Walking Tour: 1.15 – 3.45pm (starts: Scarborough Train Station, ends: Grand Hotel).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • None - but participants may wish to view one or two key examples beforehand: Little Voice (1998) A Chorus of Disapproval (1989) Remember Me (BBC TV, 2014)

What can I do next?

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Scarborough goes Pop! Pop Heritage from Charles Laughton to Johnny Rotten Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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