Victorian Lives in 19th Century Britain

Ref: C2341722

This seven-week course takes a fresh look at Victorian Britain, by viewing it from different human and personal perspectives. Each week we’ll experience Victorian life from two points of view, by studying the lives of two very different individuals. From servants and labourers to decadent poets, playboy politicians, women explorers, magicians and more – this course is for anyone interested in the weird, extraordinary and forgotten sides of Victorian life.

Course aim

What was it like to be a Victorian and to live in Victorian times? From servants and scientists to manufacturers and magicians, this course takes a fresh look at 1800s Britain by exploring the lives of fourteen very different Victorian individuals.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explore life in Victorian Britain.
  • Investigate the richness, variety and diversity of cultural history.
  • Explain how to begin researching new historical topics.

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

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.)

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
  • No pre reading is required. However, students may find the following books useful: Asa Briggs, Victorian People John Burnett, Useful Toil: Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820s to the 1920s Dorothy Middleton, Victorian Lady Travellers

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Victorian Lives in 19th Century Britain

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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