A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands

Ref: C3674245

Brian Holmshaw is leading a class for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The ten sessions will use images, maps and documents from a range of time periods to investigate the history and development of Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces. Some sessions are thematic, others explore a different park or wood in the city in depth. Thursday evenings, 5.45-7.45pm for 10 weeks from 10 January to 21 March 2019 with at least one site visit planned. Held at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Ln, Sheffield S1 4FW. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course or email brian.holmshaw@btinternet.com for course content.

Course aim

To provide an understanding of how Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces developed in the way we know them now.

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:

  • Understand key aspects of the historical development of parks, woodlands and open spaces in the city
  • Understand how individual parks, woodlands and open spaces have developed due to specific historical, geographical, social, political and environmental factors in the city
  • Identify some key historical features and buildings in the Sheffield landscape

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
  • You may wish to bring a laptop or notebook to write down information. On site visits a camera or notepad may be useful to record buildings and landscape features.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Handouts will be supplied

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands


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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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