Day School: Tales from Two Counties – Episodes of Local and Family History

Ref: C2227123

Without necessarily being eye witnesses to major events even the routine experiences of our immediate ancestors can provide valuable indicators of more general social, economic and political developments of their times. Using examples from Essex and Suffolk with contemporary newspapers and family history research we will attempt to measure how valuable such an approach can be. This first part will examine aspects of the life of a young girl at the turn of the 20th century and the way in which children of the period were regarded.

Course aim

To provide an insight into the methodology of family history research and its relationship to local and national developments using in particular newspaper resources.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate change and continuity in historical processes.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate the relevance of family history research as a reference point for local and national developments.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate issues concerning diversity both from a contemporary and historical perspective.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate primary and secondary source materials.

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 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
  • All materials will be provided

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Day School: Tales from Two Counties – Episodes of Local and Family History

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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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