From Stolen Throne to Stable State 1649-1715

Ref: C3742725

Plots, intrigue, schism within the church, the ever present Jacobite threat, all this coupled with a time of great innovation and change. This course considers local and national events both behind and following the revolution of 1688. Was it a 'family spat' in which James II was deposed by his two daughters and nephew, or a wider political revolution? How did Britain cope with the mass of conflicting pressures arising from political, financial and social change to emerge as a vibrant and stable state? Combining local, national and social history to investigate how people in this area were involved in momentous changes, or coped with the impact of change upon their daily lives, this course will appeal to anyone interested in history, both national and local.

Course aim

The 1688 Revolution deposed a Royal Family, but did it change Britain and Britain's place in Europe? A look at the revolution and its aftermath, both contemporary and long term.

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 the reasons for the 1688/9 revolution and describe the outcome
  • Describe the rise of two party politics, identify local supporters of each side, and those who supported the exiled royal family and explain how they showed their support
  • List key political and social changes during the reigns of William, Mary and Anne and explain their significance then and now.
  • Identify local people and places linked to key events in this momentous period

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
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A good local map, modern or Casini Old Series would be useful but is not essential

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course information sheet

From Stolen Throne to Stable State 1649-1715


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

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing