Local History

Ref: C3840400

Have you ever wondered about the history of the streets, buildings and industries of the past that you have seen and still see around you? Come along and join in this local history group to discover more. Take a step back in time.

Course aim

To develop knowledge and gain a new interest in the history of the local town and the areas surrounding it.

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 anyone who has a keen interest in learning and joining in discussions about the local history of the local town and its surrounding areas.

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

  • State 2 facts about how a local area developed over time
  • State one fact about how the industrial revolution affected a local area
  • Give 2 examples of the type of industry that existed in a local area during the 19th or 20th century and the effects it had on the population of the area
  • Bring in anything of historical interest to discuss with the group.

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
  • Students will be expected to join in group discussions to enhance the learning experience and to share something of historical interest which is of their own choosing.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Students will be able to review their progress, add pictures to their files when and if appropriate and discuss with the group at any point during the course

What else do I need to know?

  • Students need to bring pens and paper with them each week.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • A deeper understanding about the history of their own community would be gained which could help students to do their own research activities in local libraries.

Download full course outline

Local History Course Outline


You can 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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