Beside the Seaside: The History and Architecture of the British Seaside Resort

Ref: C3744276

For over 300 years the English seaside has attracted visitors to its shores; first for health reasons, and then to be enjoyed in its own right, including its often idiosyncratic architecture. We will trace the development cycle of the seaside resort from its origins, through heyday to decline, and more recently instances of rejuvenation and renewal. A number of case studies will be undertaken ranging from the select resort of Bournemouth to more boisterous holiday destinations such as Brighton and Blackpool. We will examine how location and the entrepreneurial activities of landowners affected the type of resort developed. The impact on the 19th and 20th centuries on the resorts of the coming of the railway, followed by motor coaches and cars all affected who went to the seaside, where they went, and for how long. The course provides an opportunity to relive the many and various pleasures of being 'Beside the Seaside'.

Course aim

To investigate the historic development and growth of several British seaside resorts and their architectural merits and heritage

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:

  • Identify when the heyday of the English seaside resort occurred, (before 1st World War and between the Wars)
  • Distinguish between the various types of holiday resort
  • Describe a range of predominant seaside building types

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
  • Weekly handouts

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Books relevant to the course include: A Brodie and G Winter, England's Seaside Resorts, English Heritage K Ferry, The British Seaside Holiday, Shire Pub. J Hannary, The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times, Shire Pub

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Beside the Seaside: The History and Architecture of the British Seaside Resort

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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