Seminar: Georgian Sussex in War and Peace - Part 2

Ref: C3743143

Contrary to what is often assumed, Britain has, over the centuries, faced numerous invasion threats. During the Georgian period these threats were most intense, first from armies supporting Stuart claimants to the throne then, during the American War of Independence from the 'rebels' and their allies. But the time of greatest threat was from 1793 to 1814 when Britain faced a formidable enemy, with an army considered invincible - France! Nowhere were these threats more keenly felt than in Sussex with its long coastline, good landing places and relative proximity to London. Intensive anti-invasion preparations involved the whole population, including ambitious civilian evacuation plans and thousands of troops moving into the area. How did our ancestors cope in these tense times? This course looks at the critical role played by civilians in time of war and will interest and intrigue anyone with a love of history, either national or on a local and domestic scale.

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 assess the scale of the invasion threats to Sussex during the Georgian period. Identify the way in which the whole population were involved in plans to counter those threats.

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 nature, scale and intensity of the invasion threats and identify landing places likely to be used by invading forces
  • Describe national defence plans both civilian and military and local evidence of these plans being put into effect
  • Explain the nature of the plan to 'drive the country' and identify the role and responsibilities of civilian parish officers in putting this into effect
  • Locate and use a variety of contemporary sources to demonstrate the response of local people to invasion threats

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Maps of the area, a good road atlas would be acceptable. Magnifying glass

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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Seminar: Georgian Sussex in War and Peace - Part 2


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