The City of London 1902-2010

Ref: C3741180

Following the death of Queen Victoria we will study the golden age of the Edwardian city and, following the death of Edward VII, we will explore the effects of Word War I and the inter-war years. and the devastation of World War II. In the 1950s the post-war rebuild takes place with many new style buildings being constructed. As the 20th Century progresses new technologies appear with tower buildings becoming predominant and the city panorama changing. This becomes even more developed during the beginning of the 21st century and uderpins the city today

Additional information about this course

This course is now full. Please contact the local Reading branch as they are keeping a waiting list. Reading branch or 0118 946 4137 (answerphone).

Course aim

We will explore the City of London in the Edwardian period 1901 - 1936, during the first World War, the inter-war years and then during and after the second World War. We end with the post war period and the innovations of the early 21st century

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:

  • Outline the predominant style of the Edwardian period
  • Contrast these styles with those of the Victorian period
  • Explain some of the social changes connected with the inter-war years between 1918 and 1939
  • Describe some of the damage sustained in the city during WW2
  • Discuss some of the effects of the new buildings technologies used at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21sr century the structural changes

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • There will be a visit to London to see some of the areas we have sstudied

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A suitable scale copy of London A-Z

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

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course outline

The City of London 1902-2010 Course Outline


You can 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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