Delivering the Goods: Britain’s Railways and Society

Ref: C3747090

The railways are an every day part of British society that we all take for granted, but how did the railways change society and what have they done for Britain? In this course we will look at how the earliest railways changed how we lived, and how the Victorians embraced them as society changed forever. We will look at how the railways brought new opportunity for everyone. We will examine how the railways created the British holiday and opened up the museums and arts for all. We will discover how the railways created luxury travel in the twenties and thirties and how they were involved in both World Wars. We will look at how the experience of commuting has changed over the last one-hundred and fifty years, or has it ? We will discover why the railways have become such an important part of British culture, from children's books to models and heritage, and from music to movies.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the importance part the railways have played in British Society since the 19th Century to the present day.

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 why the railways have been such an important part of the British economy since the earliest days, and still are in the 21st Century.
  • explain how railways changed people's everyday lives, changing how we ate, worked and played.
  • explain the importance of the railways to Britain during both World Wars.
  • discuss the impact railways have had on British culture, from movies, literature and childrens books, to hobbies and heritage.
  • discuss how the railways revolutionised luxury travel during the 1920s and 1930s.

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 via the WEA's online learning tool, Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Delivering the Goods: Britain’s Railways and Society

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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