The Industrial Archaeology of Derbyshire

Ref: C3843831

This introductory course will look at the surviving physical remains relating to industry in Derbyshire. Straddling the southern Pennines, the country is rich in minerals and a crossroads for transportation across the north Midlands into North West England and Yorkshire. Cromford saw the birth of the factory system with the establishment of Arkwright’s first cotton mill here in 1770 and is home to one of Britain’s 31 World Heritage Sites. However, it was the Romans who first exploited the natural resources of the county and engineering and transport were also vital industries in the 19th and 20th centuries. This six-week course will cover the early extractive and the classic manufacturing industries of the Industrial Revolution – textiles, coal mining, limestone quarrying, engineering, canals and railways, as well as looking at the new industrial settlements of the 18th and 19th centuries. There is an optional field trip after the end of the course to Derbyshire.

Course aim

This course is designed to introduce students to the surviving industrial archaeology remains of Derbyshire. The latest archaeological research will be used to discuss the main industries in the county (mining, transport, textiles and engineering).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • name three of the main industries that flourished in Derbyshire during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • suggest two reasons as to why the Industrial Revolution happened in Derbyshire.
  • describe a number of approaches to recording the past used by archaeologists.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Before the course students may like to look at the 2005 Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Derbyshire, a free online copy of which is available from this website: https://industrial-archaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2005-Industrial-Archaeology-of-Derbyshire.pdf

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 Industrial Archaeology of Derbyshire

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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