The 18th century has been referred to as one of the most transformative periods in British history. During it, the term revolution has been used to describe both changes in agriculture and the birth of industrialisation. The population expanded and cities grew, colonialism and slavery powered the expansion in trade, which in turn fuelled the growth in consumerism. Along with the politics of the day, the royal dynasty that gave rise to the era known as the Georgians and the cultural and social changes of the period, there is an abundance of written evidence. From official manuscripts and documentation, to private papers. All can inform us at every level about life during the period. Using a themed approach, we will consider the sources available to uncover how our forebears may have lived their lives in the long 18th century.
To help us apply what we are learning you will undertake a small project, which we will share in the final week.
This is a ten week course led by Dr Margaret Simons. All sessions 14.00 - 16.00.