Britain's Untold History: Events that deserve better known

Ref: C3745337

History is written by the winners, so it's no surprise that there are many events that are overlooked, downplayed or simply forgotten about. This Taster Session gives a chance to sample a course that will explore events in British history that the establishment preferred to forget. The full course will look at topics ranging from the Great Cheese Riot of 1766 to women peace activists in World War One to people who challenged attitudes to sexuality in Victorian Britain. One such topic will feature in this evening's Taster Session, during which we will begin to ask some vital questions about history: Why are some events remembered and others forgotten? Whose memory counts?

Course aim

A taster of a course that explore aspects of British history that are often overlooked, particularly those that challenged the establishment or dominant views.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • If you have previously studied history, your previous learning may be helpful. If you have not, the course should still be accessible to you.

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

  • Summarise the basic aspects of an overlooked event or movement in British history.
  • Discuss various views about why some events and movements in British history are relatively unknown.
  • Be able to give reasons for why many people emphasise certain aspects of history rather than others.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You may find it helpful to bring a notebook and pen (but it's not essential!).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • We hope that this Taster Session will encourage you to sign up for the full course, which begins on 4th June. But you're welcome at the Taster Session whether you sign up for the full course or not!

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Britain's Untold History: Events that deserve better known


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