Know your Sheffield - Local History

Ref: C3672731

Tutor Brian Holmshaw is running an 12-week evening class for the WEA, called Know Your Sheffield – How People Lived and Worked. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. This, the third term, is a series of circular guided walks throughout the city covering the period 1500-1945. The first session will meet for an introductory lecture on Thursday 19 April, 2.00-4.00pm at St Oswalds Church Crypt, 2 Bannerdale Rd, Sheffield S7 2DL. Book on or email

Course aim

To provide a chronology of the late C19th an early C20th in Sheffield and explain key historical buildings and industrial, social and political change in that period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • understand the chronology of the late C19th and early C20th in Sheffield
  • identify some key historical features and buildings in the Sheffield landscape
  • understand key aspects of the industrial processes that contributed to the growth of Sheffield
  • understand key aspects of political change in the City in this period
  • identify a range of people who influenced the development of the City in this period

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
  • All materials will be provided

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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Know your Sheffield - Local History


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