Industrial Archaeology

Ref: C2225518

Whilst the Industrial Revolution shaped Tyneside, the Black Country and the South Pennines, it also less obviously changed East Anglia's landscape. Learn how local traditional crafts became mechanised factory-based industries, and discover their legacy. From long-established industries such as milling, malting and brewing to the 19th century innovations in agricultural engineering and the 20th century cutting edge of radio and radar, the eastern counties have been involved in assisting Britain's economy. Raw materials, transport networks and power sources, utilised by all industries, will also be explored.

Course aim

By considering the surviving remains and artefacts of industrialisation in Britain, the course will explain the importance of the industrialisation of Britain, and will assist students in recognising these survivals.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the physical remains of industry.
  • Recall the principal innovations which influenced industrial development.
  • Explain the importance of transport networks to the industrial development of this country.
  • Compare the sources of power available to industry.
  • Identify the reasons for the geographical distribution of industry.

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
  • 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
  • Background reading is desirable; the course booklist will give suggestions

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

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Industrial Archaeology

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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