Mapping Local History

Ref: C3531058

For centuries plans, maps and diagrams have been produced that either describe what is present on the ground or indicate what may lie beneath the surface. Mapping Local History is about learning from maps and other sources. Students will gain knowledge of the wide range of information available from Ordnance Survey, geological, soil and geophysical survey, and the use to which information may be put. The role of mapping in investigating Pewsey Vale, Devizes, Swindon, Wilton, Salisbury, Bath and the New Forest is explored. These vary from historic mapping of our countryside to provide valuable information about towns, villages and cities to specific thematic maps displaying geology, land use and soil and modern surveys derived from aerial information or geophysical surveys of hidden archaeology. Those attending this course will gain knowledge of both the wide range of mapped information available and how landscape development occurred in our region

Course aim

Mapping Local History aims to describe the use of mapped information to investigate the development of settlements in the locality, the surrounding countryside and to learn how the economy and geography of Wiltshire developed. All are welcome.

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:

  • Understand the origins and purposes of maps in human civilisation with reference to historic and archaeological examples
  • Comprehend the range kinds of maps (general purpose, thematic, use of maps in scientific and archaeological enquiry etc.)
  • Appreciate the development and rise of mapping in Britain and the uses to which these maps have been put
  • Understand examples of how mapped information is used in historic and geographic enquiry
  • Reach an understanding of the range and purpose of specific forms of survey from land surveys to scientific methologies

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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

  • The Tutor will provide a voluntary reading list of websites and a few books ahead of the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Mapping Local History

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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