Journey down the Thames

Ref: C3741524

This power-point course will take a gentle voyage up the river from the Nore to its source at Seven Springs near Cirencester, looking at the landscape as well as famous buildings and important towns on its banks. It will also introduce paintings from the age of sail, as well as photographs taken when the lower reaches were the mightiest shipping channels in the world with entry to a vast system of docks. Notable staging posts include Greenwich, London, Windsor, Henley, Reading and Oxford.

Course aim

To take us a gentle visual journey from the Nore to the source of the Thames at Seven Springs near Cirencester.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • relate the course of the river to the history and landscape of southern England.
  • Encourage student to visit places discussed in course.
  • Read into history of topics covered such as industry, changing shape and type of shipping.
  • Understand reasons for change of usage for river.
  • Examine course and history of other similar industrial rivers including Humber, Severn, Clyde and Forth.

How will I be taught?

  • The course will be by power-point supported by map hand-outs to aid easy understanding or location of class topics.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The class will encourage discussion or personal experience of seeing or visiting places discussed during the five weeks.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Those intending to come might like to consult any of the numerous books on the Thames including guidebooks as well as ordnance survey maps covering the course of the river from Kent/Essex to Gloucestershire.

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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Journey down the Thames


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