English Canals

Ref: C3530596

Discover the contribution canals have made to our industrial and social history, from the expansion, slow decline and the renaissance. The Day School will include a study of West Country canals with an emphasis on those in Somerset.

Additional information about this course

No fee waiver available NB buffet lunch is included in the price

Course aim

To encourage active involvement in supporting and participating in the benefits that restored canals provide.

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:

  • Recognise the contribution English Canals made to the industrial revolution and to society in general.
  • List the changes brought about in the local community following the restoration of the local canal
  • Identify the primary and secondary sources available for further research, including the internet.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Recommended books:- LTC Rolt Narrow Boat. The History Press Ltd 2009. Emma Smith Maiden’s Trip – A Wartime Adventure on the Grand Union Canal. Bloomsbury Publishing. First published 1948, reprinted 2011.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Students will be encouraged to involve themselves in local restoration projects, pursue their interests and enjoyment of the canals - whether it is cruising on a narrow boat, canoeing, walking, cycling, fishing, photography or natural history, as well as studying the history of the subject.

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English Canals

Enrolment Conditions

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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