Steam, Steel and New Horizons: How the Victorian Railways changed British Life

Ref: C3747061

The Railways swept across Victorian Britain at a great pace, but what did this mean for ordinary people? In this course we will examine what the coming of the railways meant to everyday life. We will discover how the railways created the seaside holiday, and the day out. We will look at how the railways changed how we shop and also helped to create shopping as a leisure activity. The course will examine how railways allowed everyone to discover new hobbies and interests. We will discover how the railways created national media and created the careers of entertainers. In the course we will discover how the railways shrank Britain and made it possible to travel to theatres, museums, distant family and even to follow local sports teams across the country, creating modern professional sports as we know them today. The Victorian railways brought opportunity for everyone from the very wealthy to the poorest people, we will discover how and what this meant for everyone.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to how the advent of the railways in Britain changed life for everyone, how that occurred and why the railways changed daily life.

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:

  • discuss how the Victorian railways changed life in Britain in the nineteenth century.
  • explain how the railways facilitated the creation of branded pre-packaged products across the whole country
  • discuss how the railways changed leisure, creating the seaside holiday, days out, and brought the museums and theatre to everyone
  • explain how the railways created the national media.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All the materials for this course will be provided on the WEA's online learning system, Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Steam, Steel and New Horizons: How the Victorian Railways changed British Life

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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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