Course overview

With tutoe John Rayme. How often have you been walking along one of rivers in East Anglia, like the river Blackwater or Orwell and you have seen those large red sailed vessels making their way down river with a group of people onboard and wondered about what they are and what they used to do. This course has been designed to explain over the next two weeks, the history of the Thames sailing barge, highlighting what they did, how they worked, where they went and what they do today and how people groups of people try and keep them sailing.

Course description

In this course we will look at the development of the sailing barge from its early days; explaining how they are built and why depending on their main purpose, the shape of the barge changed. We will discover what was the heyday of the barge when over 3000 barges operated and why they were so important in the growth of London. We will look at how the barges were used and what they do today.

The course will be illustrated and include archive film of the barges at work. By the end of the course, you will have a greater knowledge of the importance of these iconic vessels to the growth of London and the economy of the United Kingdom around the turn of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will cover the work that is done these days to keep the Thames sailing barges afloat and take groups of people on sailing trips around the coast of East Anglia.

Included in the talk will be information about the importance of barges to the growth of Maldon.

The course is part of a programme of courses being run by the WEA, that are being supported by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

The Course will be held at Maldon Town Hall- there is no parking at venue, but drop off is available. There is a Car park 2 minutes walk away- it is card payment only at all car parks in Maldon. This course is being held in partnership with Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

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