Famous and Notorious Local People

Ref: C3741487

Britain has a tradition of celebrating the deeds of great men and women and relishing the eccentricity of others, but memories of these individuals sometimes fades. This course aims to revive the stories of a cavalcade of local characters whose activities range from shocking their neighbours to influencing national and international events and opinion. Antics and actions - crazy, worthy, dangerous and many shades in-between, each week a different person is discussed and their activities set in the context of local and national history. A wide range of sources will be used and discussed enabling course members to find out more about the local people who influenced previous generations and, in many cases, still influence our lives today.

Course aim

To identify some local personalities whose lives influenced attitudes, changed events and even shocked neighbours. To put these lives into the context of their times and of wider British history. .

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify a number of local personalities whose actions, whether worthy or less so, made them notable locally and nationally and explain why this was the case.
  • Set these individuals in their historical context and discuss how they influenced, or were influenced by, their times.
  • Locate properties and landscapes associated with the personalities discussed and explain how they may have left their mark on the landscape
  • Locate and use contemporary sources to find out about historical events and personalities
  • Present recollections and/or research into a local and historical personality to the group (optional)

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

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Famous and Notorious Local People 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
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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