Local History of South Shields

Ref: C2524783

Dr Thomas Winterbottom was a medical researcher, GP, adventurer and local philanthropist who played a significant role in the development of marine education and in the development of the town of South Shields in the late 18c and early 19c. This course will research into his life and the times that he lived in. The outcomes of that research will help the course members to curate a major exhibition on him to be presented to the public in late September 2019 in partnership with the South Shields Mueaum and Art Gallery, the University of Newcastle and the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society.

Course aim

This course will research the life and times of Dr Thomas Winterbottom in South Shields and beyond in the years 1766-1859. This research will then be used to curate an exhibition In South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in September 2019.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Have an understanding of the significant role that Dr Winterbottom played in the development of the town
  • Devolop skills of historical research and application of those skills to a defined outcome eg an exhibition
  • Use and interpret primary source material

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Local History of South Shields

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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