People and Places

Ref: C2342716

War memorials and statues are among the most prominent reminders of the past to be seen in Leicester - but there are other less obvious ways of acknowledging people who have contributed to the life of the city over the years. This course will explore the lives of some of the men and women commemorated in the names of its buildings, streets and other features of the urban landscape, placing their contributions in the wider context of the world in which they lived. They will include Alderman Richard Hallam, Sir Jonathan North and Emily Fortey, who all had schools named for them; Mary Royce, Agnes Archer Evans and Fanny Fullager, who are commemorated with Blue Plaques; the people giving their names to Pocklington’s Walk, Hallam Crescent and Rolleston Street; and the extent to which property developers have left their own mark in the naming of streets. We will also consider why some people are seen as more worthy of commemoration than others - and how such decisions are made.

Course aim

We will explore the lives of some of the Leicester people commemorated in the names of its buildings, streets and other features of the landscape, and the wider world in which they lived.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the connection between some of the buildings or other features of the landscape that we study and the people that they commemorate.
  • Assess the significance of their contribution to Leicester in the wider social, industrial, political or educational context.
  • Set out your own criteria for deciding who might or might not be candidates for commemoration in the future, explaining the reasoning on which they are based.
  • Know where to access additional historical sources for further independent study.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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People and Places

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

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