An Historic Tour of Suffolk from the 17th to 20th centuries

Ref: C2226304

From gentlewoman Celia Fiennes account of her excursions in the late 17th century, via Daniel Defoe's best-selling book Tours Through the Whole Island of Great Britain in the 1720s, to the enormously popular 20th century King's England Guides of Arthur Mee this presentation charts more than 300 years of change in the landscape and settlements of the historic County of Suffolk. Using the original observations and recommendations of travellers to this area in the past combined with a wealth of period paintings, antiquarian engravings, vintage postcards and modern photographs this will be a fascinating and unusual perspective on the history of Suffolk.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed

Course aim

To provide an introduction to more than 300 years of change in the landscape and settlements of the historic County of Suffolk using the original observations and recommendations of travellers to this area in the past.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • increase my knowledge of the history and heritage of the Suffolk.
  • discover the way in which the landscape of Suffolk has shaped it's history and development.
  • identify changes affecting the people and communities in Suffolk over past centuries
  • explore a range of historical literary forms
  • discover the different types of historical evidence used in local history research

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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An Historic Tour of Suffolk from the 17th to 20th centuries

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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