Course overview

Come and explore the city of York, looking at five different periods in its history. We will visit Roman York, explore the medieval city, admire Georgian style and glamour, examine the Victorian influence of the railways and evaluate how York adapted (or not) to new technologies in the 20th century while preserving its historic past. We will see how architectural features and building techniques have changed over time and use local maps to spot how the city’s layout has adjusted to the demands of changing fashions and expectations. Expect gentle walking, with some steps on weeks when we go onto the city walls.

Course description

This course will help students develop their architectural and historic knowledge and apply

this to a number of buildings and streetscapes around York. We will look at different styles

and techniques that can help us date the buildings around us and discuss how these have

changed over time. Can understanding the past help us build better for the future?

In week 1, we will look at the traces of Eboracum, the Roman town, and the fragments

from the post-Roman period, before moving into Norman and medieval York in week 2.

The third session will take us around Georgian York, when the city provided a centre for

entertainment as well as commerce and administration. Looking at Victorian York, we’ll

examine the impact of the arrival of the railways and George Hudson’s vision of York as a

railway hub, before our final walk takes us to discuss how successfully York adapted to

the arrival of cars and its establishment as a major tourist centre in the 20th century.

We will meet each week outside York Explore on Museum Street (adjacent to the Park &

Ride Rawcliffe Bar stop) and then look at the buildings, existing and vanished, from each

period. Students should dress appropriately for the weather (we have only got wet once

during previous walk series!), with suitable footwear, and bring a drink with them.

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.

Share this page:

Lady giving a thumbs up to her tablet as she watches a WEA member lecture
Image overlay triangle

Become a WEA member today

For just £15 per year, you can access many great benefits, including our award-winning weekly member lectures.

Need more information?

Need help? Complete our form and our friendly Support Services team will be back in touch.

Course contact
I am most interested in (tick all that apply)

How do we use the information we gather from you?
Please see our privacy policy.