Course overview

This course will explore how the development of industry has impacted both local landscapes and communities. Over five sessions learning opportunities will be created to research the evolution and impact of industries such as brick making, coal mining and tobacco manufacturing. The course will explore how these industries used emerging technology to create their 'empires' and how canals and railways created vital transport networks for new industries to thrive and grow.

Course description

During this course we will investigate the arrival of the canal era, why were canals constructed and how did they affect communities and landscapes. Examples will include Nottingham Canal and the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal. We will also consider how railways later impacted on on transport networks and industry.

New industries in the Midlands will be studied which will include the evolution of brick making using examples of industries in Thorneywood and Mapperley, Nottingham, What kind of bricks were made and how did they affect building styles and the local landscape. The impact of coal mining on communities will be explored through their streets, buildings and archival legacies. The town of Hucknall and its coal mining history will be highlighted to reveal patterns of industrial growth and what legacies remain as evidence of the past. The Players company of Nottingham grew to be a major national industry and employed thousands of people especially women, we will look at its rapid expansion and impact on Nottingham and its wider impact on sport and communities.

A field visit to the Shardlow Canal Heritage Centre will take place on the fourth session with a guided tour of the site and viewing of artefacts relating to canal history. Own transport or shared transport to the site essential.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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