Day School: Shopping in Renaissance London

Ref: C2226332

Every day London welcomes thousands of people both local and from further afield who come armed with sturdy bags and comfortable shoes ready to shop. As modern consumers we shop for necessity and enjoyment and London has a world-renowned reputation for its shopping. But how and when did shopping become the leisure activity many of us enjoy today? Although Medieval and Tudor Londoners had access to a wide variety of goods through basic shops annual fairs and street pedlars from the late 16th century onwards the activities of European overseas trading companies such as the East India Company brought a wealth of new luxury goods into the capital.Spices and silks from India,porcelain and tea from China changed how we ate dressed and decorated our homes.This course will examine how the introduction of these novel consumables influenced the development of new retail destinations known as the Exchanges and turned shopping into a fashionable leisure pursuit.

Additional information about this course

This course runs from 11am - 3.30pm inclusive of a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

This course will examine how the introduction of novel consumables influenced the development of new retail destinations known as the Exchanges and turned shopping into a fashionable leisure pursuit.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify how early modern consumers went shopping, the development of European overseas trading companies, and recognize the ‘new’ goods that became available to Londoners through the commercial activities of the East India Company.
  • Discuss how London’s newly built shopping Exchanges changed habits of leisure and sociability.
  • Discuss how the taste of fashionable, Restoration courtiers influenced shopping activities for ordinary Londoners. Discuss how the taste of fashionable, Restoration courtiers influenced shopping activities for ordinary Londoners. Discuss how the taste of fashionable, Restoration courtiers influenced shopping activities for ordinary Londoners.

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

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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Day School: Shopping in Renaissance London

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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