Local History (LDD)

Ref: C3744798

The course will cover the post war years of 1945-1955. Students will be able to learn about important events that took place during this time including how Britain had to recover from the bombings that took place during the war, how the priority of the country became to meet the needs of it's citizens and what life was like for the working class. The course will be student led and they will be encouraged to give their own suggestions on course content. There will be several trips out to places of local interest.

Course aim

The course will cover the changes that took place in of Britain in the years after World War 2. We will mainly focus on the years between 1945-1955. The course will include what life was like in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas at the time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for people who have a learning difficulty or disability, especially shy or socially isolated people.

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

  • Have a knowledge of what life was like in Britain, especially for the working class, in the years that followed the end of World War 2.
  • Know about the change of government after the war and the creation of the Welfare State which was introduced to help the working class better their lives.
  • Know abut the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.
  • Have a knowledge of post war immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain, why it happened and who was involved.
  • Be able to contribute to a student timeline. This will involve printing pictures and adding them to the timeline.

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
  • Students have a timeline that they will add pictures to during the course.

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
  • 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

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Local History (LDD)


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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