Day School - Great Western Railway

Ref: C3530206

The Day School will trace the history of the GWR (1833-1947), soaking up the atmosphere of a company which inspired deep loyalty from both passengers and staff. The illustrated talk will cover engineering, architecture and social history. It will also include aspects of the GWR in Somerset.

Additional information about this course

NB no fee waiver is available and a buffet lunch is included in the fee

Course aim

To provide knowledge on the history of the GWR as well as interpretation skills to use when visiting GWR preserved railways and museums.

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:

  • Recognise the engineering achievements of the GWR.
  • Describe how the GWR both influenced and adapted to social change.
  • Have the skills to explore the primary and secondary sources available for further research, including the internet.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Frank Booker, 'The Great Western Railway: A New History'. D&C, 1977, reprinted by Atlantic Transport Publishers, 1986. Tim Bryan, 'The Great Western Railway: A Celebration'. Ian Allan, 2010.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Reading numerous books published on the GWR. Visiting preserved railways and museums associated with the GWR.

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Day School - Great Western Railway

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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