Rebels in London 2: Two hundred years history of rebels in London

Ref: C2420001

In the middle of the 19th century William Morris looked to change the city, first by looking to the medieval past then imagining a socialist future. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson fought for the right to train as a doctor and to vote. The Battle of Cable Street in the 1930s and the Anti Nazi League in the 1970s both opposed fascism. Claudia Jones set up the Notting Hill Carnival as a response to the 1958 race riots. Accompanied by slides 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 looked at earlier figures, but it is not necessary to have attended it to come to this.

Course aim

From William Morris and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, to George Orwell and Claudia Jones, come to understand the past couple of centuries of London’s history through rebels who have challenged authority.

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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Rebels in London 2: Two hundred years history of rebels in London

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