History: Rebels in London Part 1

Ref: C2419873

Rebel queen Boudica burned London to the ground just 20 years after the Romans founded it. In 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, met king Richard II at Mile End, demanding an end to serfdom. The king gave in, but later betrayed the rebels. The Leveller John Lillburne in the 17th century and John Wilkes in the 18th fought for liberty. Others like Mary Wollstonecraft and William Cuffay, the black tailor and leader of the Chartists in 19th century London, were calling for democracy. With slides and the course will discuss how a wide range of rebels were seen at the time and what we know now about how they affected the development of the city and the country. A companion course will look at more recent figures.

Course aim

From Boudica to the poet William Blake and the Chartist William Cuffay, come to understand London’s history by examining rebels who have challenged the authorities

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 leading rebels in London's history
  • Understand why some were popular at the time, but have been largely forgotten, while others are still seen as significant
  • Explain how historical facts and myths become confused
  • Show how rebels have been key to shaping the city's history

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It will be helpful is students can take notes

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

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History: Rebels in London Part 1


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