Seminar: Broadcast Media - Everyone Has a Story to Tell!

Ref: C3744381

The Day School is a one-off introductory course to consider the influence of broadcast media as a resource for social and family history. When working for the BBC, Pat pioneered the iconic People's War concept which enabled thousands of people across the UK to contribute their war time stories to a digital archive for future generations. She was also involved in establishing the first series of the award-winning family history TV series: Who Do You Think You Are? The course will look at the impact that the series has had on the nation's flourishing interest in family history. Using examples of individual stories and personal accounts, it will demonstrate how these can contribute to a greater understanding of wider historical events. It will also offer 'hints and tips' on the variety of resources available to the budding family history detective.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

The course provides an introduction to broadcast media as a history resource. It considers the impact that the TV series: Who Do You Think You Are? has made to the flourishing interest in family history and its wider appeal to the budding historian.

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:

  • assess the significance of broadcast media as a resource to widen our understanding of history.
  • appreciate the influence that the TV show: Who Do You Think You are? has made to the flourishing interest in family history.
  • appraise the variety of resources available to the budding history detective.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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
  • It may be helpful to have experienced a history programme or series on TV and/or radio.

What can I do next?

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Seminar: Broadcast Media - Everyone Has a Story to Tell!

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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