Tudor Lives: Society and Culture, 1485-1603

Ref: C2421018

Covering the period from Henry Tudor’s victory at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, this lecture will consider the social and political events of the period. During this time England claimed a role on the global stage particularly with the foundation of Trading companies to the East. In addition to the politics of the period, the session will consider the vibrant material and visual culture of renaissance England including fashion, architecture and theatre, the use of image in Tudor propaganda and the opportunity to handle fragments of everyday life.

Course aim

This talk will give an overview of the Tudor period (1485-1603) and its legacy. It will also explore the material culture of the period, giving a greater understanding of fashion, art, literature and handling the fragments of everyday life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Gain an understanding of the daily lives of the Tudor period (1485-1603) with an emphasis on material culture.
  • Identify and understand Tudor artefacts, art and fashion.
  • Consider the cultural legacy of this period.

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 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 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

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Tudor Lives: Society and Culture, 1485-1603


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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