Day School: Mothers' Ruin - How Gin Influenced British History

Ref: C3746967

This history course will focus on how the British love of Gin from the seventeenth century onwards influenced our history. Using contemporary accounts of the affects of 'Mothers Ruin we will start from the Gin craze in the first half of the eighteenth century and the negative affects on London, and also consider how Gin played a part in making our imperial exploits possible.

Course aim

This history course examines how Gin influenced British history from the seventeenth century onwards.

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:

  • Have a basic understanding of the circumstances surrounding the widespread production of gin in the early eighteenth century
  • Be able to describe some of the key aspects of Hogarth's Gin Lane and Beer Street lithographs
  • Have a basic understanding of the arguments for and against regulating the gin industry
  • Be able to describe how the consumption of Gin and tonic contributed to overseas colonisation

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: Mothers' Ruin - How Gin Influenced British History

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
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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 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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