Day School: Georgian Cambridge

Ref: C2226399

It seemed clear to all in the eighteenth century that the University was the dominant power in Cambridge, controlling the lives of most of the townspeople as their employers, landlords and as a civic authority. We'll examine this assumption in more detail, through contemporary accounts and records, and look at individual lives of both scholars and townspeople. Cambridge was a significant trading centre, with an annual fair of more than local importance, and a regular 'coal in, corn out' business on the river. Not much pleasure punting then! The other main traffic was building stone, and in this era the colleges tried to modernise their medieval courts with fine ashlar and sash windows. We'll see how successful they were, and how local architects helped transform the Cambridge scene.

Additional information about this course

This course runs from 10am - 4pm inclusive of a 30 minute break, one and a half hour lunch and 10 minute break in the afternoon. The fee includes lunch.

Course aim

The course will explore Cambridge in the eighteenth century - both town and gown - to examine the relationships at institutional and individual level and their place in the history of both the University and the Borough.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the relationships of University, colleges and Borough authorities in the eighteenth century.
  • Recognise the contribution of the Georgian period to the street scenes and College fabric that we see today.
  • Describe the lives of 3 or 4 individuals that illustrate the Cambridge of the Georgian period

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

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Day School: Georgian Cambridge

Enrolment 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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