Barton 1900 - 1930

Ref: C3676173

The town of Barton upon Humber has a rich history. The period from 1900 to 1930 saw much change in the town and among the people. This course is intended to look at and trace these changes in some detail. A 'theme based' approach will be used. The effects of war, both the Boer War and the 'Great War' - World War 1, will be considered. The town has had an important role in manufacturing industry. The Rope Works was a world class facility as was Hopper's Cycle Factory. Changing patterns of work and employment against the turbulent background of wars will be examined. For a relatively small town, Barton has produced a number of distinguished people whose lives will be discussed, for example Chad Varah who founded the Samaritans Charity and the author Henry Treece. As time permits, more general themes will be explored. These include social change after the First World war, education, the church and the built environment. It is hoped that these themes will encourage discussion.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to learn about and explore the development of the town of Barton upon Humber in the early part of the 20th Century. Various threads and themes will be considered.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Persons with an interest in the local history of a small town

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

  • Appreciate the history of Barton upon Humber during the early 20th Century
  • Gain a measure of skill in interpreting the present built environment in the light of what has been taught in the class
  • Understand much of the social change which occurred as a result of World War 1 in various areas especially changes in employment, education and the position of women in society.

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
  • Teaching will be by presentation by the tutor and also by discussion led by the tutor. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about the material and to bring their own knowledge of the history of the town to class for discussion.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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 if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Students are encouraged to think about their own recollections of the history of the town, possibly as told to them by older residents

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
  • It may be possible to produce a leaflet/booklet or other material as a result of this course.

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Barton 1900 - 1930


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  • 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
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