Archaeology of the Agricultural Revolution

Ref: C3675105

Many of us have a picture in our mind of the countryside around us, green fields, hedgerows, villages, cricket on the green, peaceful lanes, a timeless scene. Yet most of what we see was the result of changes that took place over the last 500 years. At the core of this change is the agricultural revolution, a time of great social and technological change. Would you like to have fun learning about these changes that took place in the landscape all around us? Lets talk about how things changed. How fields were enclosed. How people worked on the land through good times and bad. New technologies and breeding techniques changed things too. People came together to share ideas and show off their best produce. Sports became organised. Our courses are about learning together by talking about the past, having our own ideas and building the confidence to chat and learn. We are a relaxed and welcoming group, why not join us?

Course aim

The country landscapes around us changed in many ways after Tudor times. Join our enthusiastic group of learners to learn and talk about how the agricultural revolution changed the historic landscape we love to see around us.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for everyone. You do not need to have spent lots of time studying history to join in. Just come along to chat about the past, build your confidence and enjoy your Friday mornings. We do!

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

  • Feel that I have become more confident in talking about the past and how our countryside came to look like is does today.
  • To have an opinion about why the medieval ways of farming changed in the 1500s and 1600s.
  • Show a better understanding of how scientific thinking created new technologies and animal breeds.
  • Be able to get involved in discussions about the social changes brought about by changes in the way peopled farmed the land.
  • Be able to reflect on the ways that agricultural societies changed leading to our ancestors becoming economic and forced migrants to the towns and to other parts of the world.

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
  • Most of our learning will be prompted by PowerPoint slides designed to give us a structure and act as a focus for discussion. The group sessions are led by the tutor who will teach in the traditional manner but will encourage the group to break out into discussion as we go.

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
  • The tutor will be available to talk about progress after each session or through phone, email or text.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This course is about building your confidence to have opinions about subjects that you might think are not for you. It is about feeling part of a group of friendly people that support each other, helping you to feel part of a community what ever your age or previous experiences.

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Archaeology of the Agricultural Revolution


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