History: Moving About - Transport in Leicestershire through the Ages

Ref: C2344461

The course will cover the development of road systems in Leicestershire from the ancient salt-ways through the elaborate system constructed by the Romans to the 18th century improvements made by the turnpike system We will then move on to the development of the national canal network and where our area fitted into the scheme, and the resulting knock-on effects on local agriculture and industry - eg: transport of coal and Welsh slate. Moving on, we will be looking at the development of the local railway network from the opening of the Leicester/Swannington Railway in 1832 through to the Victorian heydays of the railways, and its economic and social effects,and the latter day revival of the road system in relatively recent times. We will also be looking at some of the prominent people involved in these various developments.

Course aim

To study the stages in the development of transport in Leicestershire from pre-Roman times to the modern era - the evolution of local roads, moving onto canals and then railways and ending with the resurgence of road transport in recent times.

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.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • No previous experience needed - just an enthusiasm for learning about local history.

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

  • Be able to outline the various stages by which the features of our local road transport system evolved from early to recent times.
  • Identify the stages in the development of our local canal system through its early days, heyday, decline and subsequent revival as part of the leisure industry.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to examine the aspects of the development of our local railway network from the 1830s through its heyday and subsequent decline.
  • Provide examples of how the developments of more efficient local transport systems had a knock-on effect on other areas - eg agriculture, industry, leisure.
  • Examine the factors which led to both the rise, fall and revival of the local road, canal and transport systems throughout the period

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • No obligation to do extra study but many students like to do this and feed back the results of their research to the group.

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
  • 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
  • Discussion of the course content is welcome at all times.

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided
  • The Canvas resources are downloadable and can be saved as a permanent resource.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • There will be subsequent courses covering other themed aspects of local history.

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History: Moving About - Transport in Leicestershire through the Ages

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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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