Victorian Herefordshire c. 1830 - 1900

Ref: C3127125

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Herefordshire already had a reputation as a rural arcadia, long before Victoria came to the throne. Traditional life survived because its agricultural riches were landlocked and it was a long journey by road and river to the burgeoning markets in the Home Counties, the Midlands and the North. The social and political structure of the county also remained, relatively unchanged; old families persisted but since land was relatively cheap many new families were recruited. This led to the proliferation of country houses and, as a spin-off, restored parish churches. Most of the towns were improved with mains water, sewage systems and eventually gas but the countryside was less fortunate and it remained a veritable treasure-trove of vernacular architecture, or to look at it another way, a landscape full of sub-standard buildings. One man’s picturesque was another man’s grinding poverty. This is the dichotomy of Victorian Herefordshire, which will be pursued in this course.

Course aim

To relate the scholarly view of the 19thc, together with its debates and problems, to the specific story of Victorian Herefordshire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • To understand the specific problems of Victorian England and relate them to the specific history of Herefordshire in the 19th c,
  • Use the artefacts of the period to illuminate the history
  • To identify the exceptional, as well as the feaures Herefrordshire shares in common, with the rest of England in the 19th c.

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

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?

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Victorian Herefordshire c. 1830 - 1900

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