Leicestershire - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Ref: C2341672

The course will cover a range of Leicestershire characters starting with the legendary King Lear and Black Annis and including important historical figures like Simon de Montfort as well as some not so famous but still interesting people like anti-slavery campaigner Elizabeth Heyrick, moving on to more recent years with pioneer feminist Alice Hawkins. We will be including a mixture of "saints and sinners" with some local figures who were a mixture of both. There will hopefully be a balance between male and female and between town and county with the inclusion of Rutland's Jeffrey Hudson, whose name is still commemorated in a local brew. Also hopefully a mixture of the rich and famous as well as those stemming from more humble origins. Characters like Hudson and Daniel Lambert will also be used to study changing attitudes to "oddness" and disability.

Course aim

All about the assorted characters who have played an important part in our area's history either through good or bad deeds, and trying to assess whether they were important historically or just interesting just in reflecting the time they lived in.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No previous experience necessary just an interest in and enthusiasm for local history.

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

  • Explain the contribution of key individuals having a political impact on the local area and wider during the period studied.
  • Provide examples to show how the attitude towards oddity or disability was reflected at various times during the period studied.
  • Evaluate various sources to see the different ways in which local legends have been portrayed over various historical periods.
  • Be able to describe achievements of social benefactors who have lived in our local area.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to law breaking at various times by studying some notorious local criminals.

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
  • No obligation but feel free to follow up any lines of enquiry which may take your interest with your own 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Encouragement will be given to share any extra research you have done at home with the rest of the group.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A weekly learner pack will be provided so that students have a permanent record of the course which can be referred back to and added to at any time.

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

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Leicestershire - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


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