More In the Wake of Narrowboat 'Cressy' With Alastair Clark

Ref: C2344100

When the book 'Narrow Boat' by LTC Rolt was published in 1946 it set off a wave of interest in our rivers and canals and led to the establishment of the Inland Waterways Association. Alastair Clark (your tutor) decided to use his bike to re-live part of the journey taken by Rolt on the Trent and Mersey canal. In this course we will compare the Trent and Mersey Canal see by the Rolt in 1939 and the same places visited by Alastair Clark in 2020. A slice or history and a slice across the Midlands

Course aim

We will follow the journey made in 1939 by Tom and Angela Rolt in the narrow boat Cressy from Fradley Junction to MIddlewich. The book of this trip is called 'Narrow Boat' and wasvery influential in establishing the waterways preservation movement

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Explain the ways that the book 'Narrow Boat' came to influence the canal preservation movement.
  • Name the key towns on the Trent and Mersey canal from Fradley to Middlewich.
  • Describe the way of life found on canals in the 1930s and 40s.
  • Plan your own visit to a canal site of historical interest

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?

  • 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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More In the Wake of Narrowboat 'Cressy' With Alastair Clark

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  • 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
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