Newlyn and Mousehole Local History - 1800 to the present day

Ref: C3530581

Based on the book 'Cornwall and the Coast - Mousehole and Newlyn' written by the course tutor with others and published in 2009 as part of a Victoria County History project, this course will focus on the final five chapters. 'Growth and Development, 1800-1914', 'Earning a Living, 1800-1914', 'Social Life in the 19th century', 'Artists and Other Visitors', and 'Newlyn and Mousehole since 1914'. Each will be studied in turn to provide a rounded picture of life in these fishing and trading ports up to the present day.

Course aim

This course will look at the later history of Mousehole and Newlyn from 1800 in a Mount's Bay context. Themes include the development of harbours and streetscapes, fishing and quarrying, artists' colonies and visitors, Newlyn Riot and Pageant.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Any one with an interest in Mousehole and Newlyn whether as a resident or visitor.

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

  • Name at least five Newlyn artists and three British Art Colonies.
  • Explain how harbour expansion affected Mousehole and Newlyn differently and when.
  • Argue the pros and cons of slum clearance.
  • Explain why these two places were the most painted in Britain and understand what is meant by artistic licence.
  • Discuss why Methodism found such favour in these fishing ports and the Anglican churches reaction.

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?

  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful for you to have internet access, but this is not compulsory.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Some pre-reading could 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Newlyn and Mousehole Local History - 1800 to the present day

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