History of Inner Westminster

Ref: C3741250

In the 1040s King Edward the Confessor moved westwards from the City of London to restore the Abbey in the west. To supervise this great work he created the nearby palace and began the important royal connection with Westminster. Inner Westminster surrounds the Abbey and the palace which later became the seat of Government. We will explore these developments and study both the historic background and the architecture of the buildings around Parliament Square and Whitehall.

Course aim

This course will explore central Westminster which includes the Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, the church of St. Margaret. Parliament Square, Whitehall with the Government Departments and Trafalgar Square

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:

  • Describe the historic background to the development of Inner Westminster
  • Explain how the two royal palaces came into being
  • Contrast the changes to the Abbey in the reigns of Edward the Confessor and King Henry III
  • Identify a number of prominent people involved in the development of the area
  • Compare and contrast two parish churches that have been studied

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 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

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 copy of the London A-Z in suitable scale

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

History of Inner Westminster Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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