Day School: Victoria- Grandmother of Europe

Ref: C2226915

How did Queen Victoria become known as the "Grandmother of Europe"? We study the childhoods, later lives and impact on history of Victoria & Prince Albert's nine children. We consider Albert's "blueprint" for the children's futures and ask whether this was based on sound and liberal principles - or whether it was an ill-conceived attempt to impose his own will. Surely the close family blood ties established by the children's marriages would promote peace and understanding throughout Europe in the years to come? The course looks at the triumphs, tribulations - and sometimes tragedies - of the nine siblings, who were a fascinating group of people, each with their own story to tell and who, in some way, affected European history for many years. Some might say their lives and influences are still affecting history to this day!

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee from 9.30am. The course runs from 10am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the lives of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert's children. Nearly all of them married into other European Ruling Houses, and we ask: what was the significance of these marriages and their impact on history?

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:

  • recall aspects from the lives of some, or all, of Victoria & Albert's nine children
  • understand why the marriages of royal children were considered so important
  • assess the impact on history of the lives of some, or all, of Victoria & Albert's nine children

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
  • handouts will be provided with the aim of recapping important points and giving suggestions for further research

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • course members may find it useful to be able to look up information online via a computer, tablet, etc. but this is NOT a requirement of the course, neither is any prior reading

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • course members may wish to go on to undertake further research, and suggestions will be provided via tutor handouts regarding starting points for any future research

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Day School: Victoria- Grandmother of Europe

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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