Course overview

Delve into the captivating world of smuggling on the 18th-century Essex coast, where reality intertwines with the allure of romanticised depictions. This course offers a unique exploration of the popular representations of smuggling found in novels, songs, poems, paintings, and film, contrasting them with the harsh realities documented in official records. Uncover the mystique of smuggling through a detailed analysis of romantic depictions, which will allow us to scrutinise the artistic lens shaping this these depictions. From daring escapades to iconic characters, we trace the evolution of smuggling narratives and their lasting impact on popular imagination. This is a Care 2 course made specifically for carers and is free to learners

Course description

How do the popular representations of smuggling in novels, songs, poems, paintings and film match up to the reality? Are these depictions of smuggling in media accurate?

In this introduction to the history of smuggling in Essex we will consider how smuggling is represented in a range of different forms including novels, film and TV, songs, poetry and art. This will then be contrasted with official records to show how it may have been romanticised

in existing media. We will then go on to ask ourselves why smuggling and the fight against it has been such a popular subject for many years. In this captivating course we will find out about what goods were smuggled in the 18th century and why. We will also delve into who some of these smugglers were, including some local gangs as well as their tricks of the trade

All of this will be against the backdrop of the beautiful local coastline, creeks and backwaters as we explore why Essex was so popular for smuggling and then compare this popularity with smuggling activity in other coastal areas in England.

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