Revolution: the Archaeology of Britain's Industrialisation

Ref: C3841245

Britain was the first industrial nation and this course looks at the archaeological evidence for the shift from an agrarian, rural, society in the 17th century to an urban, manufacturing society in the 19th century. The course will look at the key industries of the Industrial Revolution: textiles, mining and engineering, along with the archaeology of the new transport systems (turnpikes, canals and railways). It will finishing with a review of the new evidence on how domestic lives were industrialised, by looking at recent excavations of workers' housing.

Course aim

An introduction to the archaeology of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, drawing on recent archaeological discoveries, and looking at the themes industrialisation, manufacturing, transport, workers' housing, and migration.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • List three types of archaeological evidence from Industrial Britain
  • Name two industrial archaeology sites from North West England
  • Contribute to a group discussion on a specific industrial archaeology topic

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Revolution: the Archaeology of Britain's Industrialisation Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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