From working the land, to navigation, to spinning to mining, this course will explore a range of occupations, their conditions and achievements. Five hundred years ago most people farmed, in one way or another, and handicrafts were carried out in the home, but over time industry and commerce became the dominant employers. Later still, the service industries expanded to rival and overtake manufacturing. We'll use workers' own comments on their work (diaries, letters, witness statements and memoires) as well as reports by outsider observers. There are tales of toil and tribulation but also of achievement and progress. We'll look critically at our sources to assess their reliability and what they may omit or exaggerate.A wealth of pictures will also be used - paintings, engravings, sketches and photographs - but these may also need careful consideration. Why were they produced and for whom? This course's excursion into social history will tie in with family and local history.
Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6SP
Part time day
Workers Educational Association (WEA, Adult Learning)
Duration: 1 day
Comfortable atmosphere created by tutors . All students were sensitively encouraged and helped when needed . Location ok but room was sometimes too cold
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