The Making of Modern Reading: 1945 to Today

Ref: C3741187

Reading in the 21st century is a very different town from the one that emerged following the years of post war austerity. It quickly shed much of its Victorian character, not so quickly lost its renowned ‘3Bs’ (beer, bricks and biscuits) and as we shall discover entered a period of transition before ambitious plans created the vibrant town we know today.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

The aim of the course is to develop a deeper understanding of Reading, its population, the changing landscape and the economy of an area that extends far beyond its borough boundary.

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. Demonstrate a greater awareness of the events of the period.
  • 2. Chart the developments that shaped the Reading we know today.
  • 3. Form opinions about the efficacy of planning decisions made in the name of modernisation.
  • 4. Compare and contrast post war and 21st century Reading.
  • 5. Identify individuals from the period whose activities had a significant impact on the town.

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
  • You may want to bring a pen/pencil and paper if you wish to make notes.

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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The Making of Modern Reading: 1945 to Today


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  • 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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