Day School: The Victorian City of London 1837-1901

Ref: C3741203

We will explore technical developments of the earlier Industrial Revolution which led to railways, bridges, new-style buildings, new drainage systems to change the city from being mainly residential to being a place where business predominated. We will study the new types of buildings such as the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange, and a number of new banks and note how these changes affected the city. There will be an evaluation of the social effects of all these changes

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To study the City of London during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Following the earlier Industrial Revolution the city was changed by such development as railways,steam and power and became the financial centre of the world

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise a number of Victorian public buildings
  • Describe the construction of the Victoria Embankment
  • Explain the effects of the sewage system on people' lives
  • Illustrate some of the works of two or three Philanthropists of the peroid
  • Compare the Victorian churches with the earlier ons of Wren

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

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 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

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.)
  • An appropriate scale copy of the 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Day School: The Victorian City of London 1837-1901 Course Outline

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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
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