Day School: East Anglian Country Life 1700 to 1900

Ref: C2226352

The years between 1700 and 1900 saw major changes in the landscape, society and economy of rural East Anglia. In this course we follow these changes and consider their effects both on the physical appearance of the countryside and on different social groups. Using a variety of written, pictorial and material evidence, we consider the process of enclosure and its economic and social significance; we look at the role of the great estates and the influence of the squire and the parson; and we focus on the lives of the labouring poor and the rural unrest that flared up from time to time as a result of changes or conditions. The 19th century saw the external influences of urbanization and industrialization, and competition from America and Australia, and we study the depression and diversification in agriculture that resulted from this, and the new opportunities that were afforded by industrial and transport developments and the establishment of colonies.

Course aim

To explore the character and variety of rural life, from the great landowners to the agricultural labourers, during a period of major economic and social change.

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 key factors of the changes in rural landscapes and rural life during the period.
  • Know some details of social structure in rural England in the period and its effects on rural society
  • Be confident in using source materials of different types to develop knowledge of rural unrest in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Share in discussion on the impact of enclosure and the influence of the great estates
  • Apply your knowledge of the period and the major themes to new materials.

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
  • 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 or pre course work is required
  • A booklist will be supplied to the branch so that you may pursue your particular interests before or after the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could undertake individual research, or be part of a group undertaking a local history project. Interest in using original materials might encourage you to undertake a course to pursue your interest further.

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Day School: East Anglian Country Life 1700 to 1900


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