Georgian London

Ref: C3741154

During the Georgian period London was the biggest city in England and its population more than doubled. This course will examine Georgian London’s society, economy and architecture. 1. Introducing Georgian London 2. Building the City 1, Houses. 3. Food for London. 4. Building the City 2, Public Buildings 5. Drink for London; Water, Beer, Gin. 6. Building the City 3, The Port. 7. Dealing with Poverty and Crime

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to the creation of Georgian London and the lives of those who lived and worked there.

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:

  • 1. Outline why London grew during the period.
  • 2. Recognise the main architectural styles used.
  • 3. Explain how Georgian developers worked.
  • 4. Describe how London responded to poverty and crime.
  • 5. Recognise the problems Georgian Londoners had in finding safe things to eat and drink.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • No reading is required for this course but you might find the following of use. John Summerson, “Georgian London”, Penguin, 1962. Jerry White, “London in the 18th Century”, Bodley Head, 2012

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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 London


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