A Moving Story: Transport and Travel in an East Anglian Context

Ref: C2226719

East Anglia has a long, accessible coastline, navigable waterways, and fairly flat countryside. Its proximity to Europe and good farming land enabled it to become wealthy and heavily populated. All this encouraged the development of efficient and varied transport systems, of which there is plenty of documentary and material evidence. We follow the growth of transport and travel by road, water and rail from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, with evidence of road networks and maintenance and the establishment of regular coaching, carriers and waggon services and routes. We consider the importance of rivers and their improvement, and the vessels on them, such as barges, keels and wherries, and from there we look at ports and international trade and migration. We trace the spread of the railway system and its effect on economic and social life, and the revival of road travel in the motor age. Embedded in the course are the records and tales of those who travelled.

Additional information about this course

Half term break 19/02/2020

Course aim

To study the development of road, water and rail transport from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, their material remains, effects on the landscape, and tales of those who travelled, with particular references to East Anglia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify key factors of the transport infrastructure and methods of transport throughout the period
  • Explore travel in the area and across the world and their relation to local history
  • Identify material evidence of transport systems
  • Explore a variety of contemporary records relating to transport and travel, and of relevant secondary sources, and use material and pictorial evidence and contemporary accounts to formulate ideas and suggest areas for further study
  • Enter into group or plenary discussions on aspects of the course such as coaching inns or emigration

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A booklist will be provided to the branch so that books from the library service can be made available to students

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could undertake individual research, or be part of a group undertaking a local history project. Interest in using original materials might encourage you to undertake a course to pursue your interest further.

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A Moving Story: Transport and Travel in an East Anglian Context

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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