Day School: St Paul's Cathedral - Its History and Role in the Life of the Nation

Ref: C3742936

To study the foundation of the cathedral in the 8th century AD and its development through a number of rebuilds before and after the Great Fire of London. To explore the current cathedral as created by Christopher Wren during the late 17th century and into the early 18th century. We will study this building in detail and look at a number of significant events in the life of the City of London including Royal weddings, celebrations of national events and a number of important funerals.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To explore the history of the cathedral and its role in the life of the nation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An interest in the cathedral as a building and what sort of events have taken place there.

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

  • Describe the early cathedrals.
  • Describe Wren's cathedral.
  • Explain the importance of four memorials.
  • Enumerate four great events that have taken place in the cathedral.
  • Detail differences between two side chapels.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of the London A-Z.

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
  • A copy of the Guide to St. Paul's Cathedral.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Go and visit the cathedral.

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Day School: St Paul's Cathedral - Its History and Role in the Life of the Nation

Enrolment Conditions

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

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