The Victorians

Ref: C3742841

Victoria took the throne of a nation eager for change and in the 61 years of her reign Britain did indeed change dramatically. This course looks at the social, political and economic changes of that period and particular how people in this area were involved in those changes. It includes the great fight for political reform, the changes in working and domestic life as Britain moved form rural and agrarian to an industrial society, the drama of defence and Palmerston's Follies, the fight against disease and much more. We will examine these changes, the challenges they presented, and the impact on our Victorian ancestors locally and nationally.

Course aim

To consider the changes, social, political, and economic, brought about by the rapid change from rural and agrarian to industrial society and assess how these changes influenced us locally.

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 local people who played a major part in national events (e.g. Cobden) and describe their activities
  • List major social, economic and political events of the period and assess their impact locally and nationally
  • Chart developments in communications and assess their impact on the area
  • Describe political changes and developments, including the Chartist movement, and assess their impact
  • Use contemporary sources to analyse the population and occupations of the local area at the beginning and end of the 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

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?

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The Victorians


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