Georgian York and the Wider World

Ref: C3675805

We will look at the local and social history of York within the context of national and international events, such as the political situation, the anti-slavery campaign and the Industrial Revolution, including the arrival of the railways. We will examine the way people lived in and around the city and how they spent their leisure time. There may be an option to visit a relevant local heritage site, depending on students' interests, and this may involve a small additional charge to cover admission costs etc.

Course aim

To introduce students to the Georgian period in York and the wider world, with national and local examples of political, industrial, and social change and the people who led this.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name three significant people from the period in York, and explain why they are important.
  • Describe the involvement and impact of York people on wider social and political issues such as the abolition of slavery
  • Describe the influence of the civic authorities, the Church and the Guilds during the period
  • Explain why York missed out on the Industrial Revolution compared with other parts of Yorkshire
  • List three changes that resulted from the railways coming to York and discuss how York became a prominent railway centre.

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
  • Note-taking materials may be useful, though the tutor will provide hand-outs at each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Georgian York and the Wider World


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