The Georgians (1714-1783)

Ref: C3742877

From the drama surrounding the securing of the Hanoverian dynasty to the early growth of Empire and the beginnings of the industrial and agricultural revolutions, this course examines Britain at a time of change socially and politically. Financial speculations, Jacobite threats, a regency crisis, and even the change of the calendar, all this coinciding with an explosion of ideas, dramatic changes in fashion and of course amazing changes in style and development in our towns. We explore local and national life as Britain begins to change from an agricultural and rural society to an urban nation.

Course aim

The early Georgian period was a time of great change socially. We examine events and changes locally and nationally as Britain becomes an industrial nation with increasing world influence.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List key local and national events of the period in chronological order and explain their impact, both on contemporary and modern society
  • Use a variety of sources to assess the impact of major national events on the lives of local people
  • Describe how England began to change from rural to urban living and how society and government responded to that change
  • Identify local people involved in major national events and identify buildings etc. associated with those individuals
  • Identify local buildings and landscapes changed by major historic events or the changing fashions and styles of the early Georgian 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
  • Useful but not essential reading could include: Stellas Tillyard, Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa & Sarah 1740 - 1832 Ophelia Field, Kit-Cat Club: Friends who imagined a nation

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The Georgians (1714-1783)


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