Lace, Slums and the occasional Riot! The Making of Victorian Nottingham

Ref: C2343611

Nottingham was once a ‘garden town’ with grand houses, elegant gardens and a handsome Market Place. Then, in the early 1800s it began to grow rapidly and its landscape changed as trade and industry took root in the town. Hosiery and lace led the shaping of Victorian Nottingham, creating work and leading to a new skyline of textile warehouses. Chris Weir traces this expansion and also explores its impact on housing, cultural activities and leisure pastimes. He also explores how poor health, slum conditions and election ‘fever’ spilled out into major riots. And he will highlight some well-known Nottingham characters along the way!

Course aim

A look at Victorian Nottingham and how it changed during the early 1800s with the advent of trade and industry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:

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

  • Identify two industries that changed the Nottingham landscape
  • Discuss the reasons for the social conditions in the The Marshes
  • Name one Nottingham factory owner

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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

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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Lace, Slums and the occasional Riot! The Making of Victorian Nottingham

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