Archaeology: The Industrial Archaeology of Cheshire

Ref: C3844649

This introductory course will look at the surviving physical remains relating to industry in Cheshire. Lying between the Welsh mountains to the wets and the southern Pennines to the east, with access to the Irish Sea, Cheshire is a border county rich in minerals and a crossroads for transportation across the north Midlands into North West England. The Romans first exploited the natural resources of the county, salt, lead and copper. Chester and its import remained an important market and manufacturing centre until the 17th century. Later, textiles and transport were vital industries in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This five-week course will cover the salt industry from the Romans to the 20th century as well as the classic industries of the Industrial Revolution – textiles, coal mining, engineering, canals and railways.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

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

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

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.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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

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

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 2014 Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Cheshire, a free online copy of which is available from this website: https://industrial-archaeology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2014-Industiral-Archaeology-of-Cheshire.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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Archaeology: The Industrial Archaeology of Cheshire

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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