Georgian London

Ref: C2227034

During the Georgian period London was the biggest city in England and its population more than doubled. This course will examine Georgian London’s society, economy and architecture. 1. Introducing Georgian London 2. Building the City 1, Houses. 3. Food for London. 4. Building the City 2, Public Buildings 5. Drink for London; Water, Beer, Gin. 6. Building the City 3, Villas. 7. Dealing with Poverty and Crime 8. Building the City 4, The Port. 9. Entertainment, from the Street to the Theatre. 10. Artists and Collectors.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 29th October.

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to the creation of Georgian London and the lives of those who lived and worked there.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. Identify why London grew during the period
  • 2. Recognise the main architectural styles used.
  • 3. Outline how Georgian developers worked.
  • 4. Describe how London responded to poverty and crime.
  • 5. Recognise the problems Georgian Londoners had in finding safe things to eat and drink.

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
  • 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

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

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

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Georgian London


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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
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