Britain's Overlooked History

Ref: C3741344

History is written by the winners, so it's no surprise that there are many events that are overlooked, downplayed or simply forgotten about. This course is a chance to explore lesser known events in British history, ranging from the Great Cheese Riot of 1766 to Scottish nationalists who supported Hitler to the nineteenth-century suppression of the Welsh language. Each session will look at an event or movement in British history that is often overlooked or rarely talked about. Some will be more obscure than others. In each case, we will look at key questions about the event or movement and consider its consequences. We'll then ask how (and if) we should remember it today. Throughout the course we'll be coming back to a key question for our understandings of history: why are some events remembered and others forgotten?

Course aim

To explore aspects of British history that are often overlooked, particularly those that challenged the establishment or dominant views.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No previous experience of knowledge is required. Those who have studied history previously and those who have not are equally welcome.

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

  • Outline the basics of several aspects of British history that are rarely talked about.
  • Make an argument about the causes and consequences of several overlooked incidents, relating them to developments that are better known.
  • Discuss different views on why some historical events are remembered more than others and how our beliefs affect (and are affected by) the way we approach history.

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?

  • You may find it helpful to bring a pen and a notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No reading is required. During the course, the tutor will suggest further reading for those who are interested and have time, but this further reading is not essential to the course.

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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Britain's Overlooked History


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