History: The Late Victorians - an East Midlands Focus

Ref: C2341695

We will be looking at how Leicester continued to expand its boundaries, swallowing up villages like Aylestone and Knighton, and the resultant growing importance of public utilities like water supply, sewage disposal and leisure facilities as the town expanded. The course will also cover how local trades and industries developed and diversified and the corresponding development of the transport system including the Great Central Railway and tram system and arrival of the motorcar. We will also be considering how the expansion of the factory system led to conflicts in industrial relations and how the Labour Party was beginning to break the mould of the Liberal/Conservative dominance. We will also be looking at how local people entertained themselves towards the end of the century.

Additional information about this course

Actual venue is Bishop Street Methodist Church

Course aim

To introduce the various aspects of the history of Leicester and Leicestershire in the last two decades of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century from roughly the death of Benjamin Disraeli in 1881 to that of Queen Victoria in 1901.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No previous experience needed - just an interest in finding out about local history.

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

  • Provide details of the pressure on public services and utilities in Leicester due to the continued expansion of the town and how the Town Council responded to the challenges of a growing town.
  • Provide examples to show how the economic and social conditions of rich and poor local people changed by the end of the century with particular emphasis on housing and education.
  • Evaluate various sources to understand why the political life of the town changed at the end of the century due to the emergence of the Labour movement and Trade Unions as potent forces.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show the effects of changes in transport on the town and county with particular reference to tramways and the building of the Great Central Railway.
  • Explain how the expansion and diversification of industry led to the further expansion of the town and the swallowing up of adjoining villages like Aylestone and Knighton.

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
  • Although there is no expectation to complete any work outside of course sessions, many students in the past have followed up lines of enquiry at home and brought in results to share with the group.

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
  • Although there is no obligation to work outside of the sessions, many students on past courses have done individual research and brought the results in to share with the group.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A learner pack will be provided each week and these can be built up as a permanent record of the course. Background notes on the national/international background will also be provided by mail or as hard copy. A ring binder to keep these in would be useful plus notebook and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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

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History: The Late Victorians - an East Midlands Focus


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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