The North of England in the 16th/17th Centuries explored through Wills & Diaries

Ref: C3676964

Diaries and wills speak volumes about how people lived in their particular age; how they related to their neighbours, how they reacted and adapted to the changes in the society around them and practical details such as what kind of houses they lived in, what they owned, their work and leisure time, together with their religious and political views. Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable course to learn about what diarists and will writers tell us about living in the north of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Course aim

The course will look at what we can learn from diaries and wills about life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with a particular emphasis on life in the north of England.

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:

  • relate how lives lived in the north of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in terms of the person themselves to the local and national events at the time
  • describe religious and political affiliations in these centuries in the north in relation to how people lived their lives; what religious, civic and domestic roles did they perform? How did they fit into their community? Who were their friends and neighbours and what relationships did they have with them?
  • discuss what national events, social, religious and political events were happening at the time and how these affected the diarist/will writer.
  • demonstrate insight into everyday life; employment, social life, style of house and possessions.

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
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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

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The North of England in the 16th/17th Centuries explored through Wills & Diaries

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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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