History of Shops, Shopping and the future of our High Street

Ref: C2346773

Shopping has been at the heart of our High Streets for hundreds of years. In many ways shops have created our urban living spaces and villages too have been shaped by the need for markets and shops. This course will look at how these shops and related retail cultures grew to prominence, with examples of corner shops, department stores, fashionable arcades and the rise of out-of-town retail centres. But in recent years our shopping habits have been changed by the internet.. The impact of Covid has also affected many shops, along with shopping habits. We will explore not only past shopping trends but also consider how the internet may affect shopping in the future and the landscape of our towns. Are new online trends killing off our High Streets or will shops adapt to a new future?

Course aim

This course will provide a short introduction to the history of shops and shopping in the UK, with insights into how retail patterns have evolved over time and will go on to explore possible future developments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explore insights into how shops and shopping have become part of our everyday lives.
  • Investigate trends in modern retail and insights into how shopping might evolve in the future.
  • Explore the different types of shops and how they have impacted on specific communities or in turn be influenced by their local communities.
  • Discuss the impact of architecture on shops and retail
  • Evaluate future shopping trends

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No specific knowledge is required for this but an interest in the theme is desirable.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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History of Shops, Shopping and the future of our High Street

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 2021
  • 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

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