Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington

Ref: C3675831

Three men epitomise the Regency era for many: Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington. We will take an overview of the Regency period in Britain (c1800-1820) and its legacy in industry, literature, art and architecture. We will look at key events including the French Revolution, and discuss the impact of a long-term, distant, foreign war on society at home. In particular, we will study Nelson's naval battles, the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign. The local context will be considered as well as social history and high society, and we will visit a relevant historical site in the region, which may involve a small additional admission charge.

Course aim

To give an overview of the Regency period in Britain and the impact of war, peace and industrialisation on social change.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List 2 major naval battles and summarise their significance
  • List 3 major land battles and summarise their significance.
  • Outline two changes that helped bring about the industrial revolution
  • Name 3 major artists/ writers / architects of the period and describe their achievements.
  • Describe two areas of difference in social behaviour and expectations compared with today

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?

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington


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