British History

Ref: C2420834

Do you want to explore London's social, cultural, economic and political history in the eighteenth century? If so, this may be the course for you. It covers areas like Londoners' reaction to the Act of Union with Scotland, the Gordon Riots and the French Revolution. It also looks at Londoners' religion, from Methodism to Judaism, as well as Anglicanism and Catholicism. London's literature, art and architecture in this period is also covered. There's even a lesson on Londoners' health.

Course aim

The course is on eighteenth-century London. It is aimed at exploring different aspects of London's history in this period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate the different facets of London's history in the eighteenth century.
  • Be aware of the work of figures like Hogarth, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake concerning London.
  • Appreciate the emergence of a distinct working class in London in the period.
  • Evaluate the importance of certain groups like the Jews or Methodists in London's history during the eighteenth century.
  • Understand Londoners' reactions to major political events and upheavals, eg the 1707 Act of Union and the French Revolution.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need pens and paper. A basic knowledge of British history would be useful but you are not expected to be an expert in the period or possess a deep knowledge).

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

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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British History


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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