Three English Cities 1815-1914

Ref: C3741567

This class will compare the development of London, Birmingham and Manchester at a time of rapid urban growth and increasing social problems. We will look at population, health and living conditions and the development of local government. We will study the development of the Port of London and its trade and the impact on the physical growth of the East End, the career of Joseph Chamberlain in Birmingham and the textile industry in Manchester.

Course aim

To describe the development of London, Birmingham and Manchester in the nineteenth century, including changes in population, health, government, trade and industry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with an interest in history who would like to extend and deepen their knowledge.

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

  • Describe the challenges to public health faced in each city.
  • Describe the growth of the Port of London.
  • Describe the impact of the port of London on the growth of the East End.
  • Describe the achievements of Joseph Chamberlain as Mayor of Birmingham.
  • Describe how the cotton industry influenced the growth of Manchester.

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
  • Students who wish to take notes should bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Additional reading is not required, but for those who wish to pursue the subject further, appropriate resources will be suggested.

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
  • Continue to study independently by reading, for example nineteenth century novels, visiting museums and places of interest in the cities in question.

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Three English Cities 1815-1914


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