In the Wake of Narrowboat 'Cressy'

Ref: C2343751

In the wake of Narrow Boat ‘Cressy’ When Tom and Angela Rolt set out to explore the canals of England in the narrow boat ‘Cressy’ in 1940 they told the tale of their trip in a book called Narrow Boat . The book become a classic and went on to inspire the waterway restoration movement. In this course we will re-visit the section of their journey on James Brindley's Trent and Mersey canal and examine the changes in both landscape and attitudes over the last 80 years. The tutor will share recent research he undertook recently by re-living the journey by bike in 2020,

Course aim

This course explores the impact of the book called Narrow Boat which recorded a cruise on British waterways in the 1940s by Tom and Angela Rolt. By re-living their journey on the Trent & Mersey Canal we gain a rich insight into canal history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • recount the key elements of the classic cruise undertaken in 1940 by Angela and Tom Rolt
  • outline the importance of the Trent and Mersey Canal in the development of the British canal network.
  • summarise the key attitudes expressed by Rolt in his book towards: the traditional boatman and boat women's lives, 'modern' forms of entertainment in the 1940s, public policy towards pollution.
  • outline the impact of the book Narrow Boat on the waterway preservation movement.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Notebook and pencil / pen will be useful

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

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In the Wake of Narrowboat 'Cressy'

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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