‘Full steam ahead’: Britain’s railways in the Second World War
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH39
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course explores Britain’s railways’ national role from Evacuation through to Dunkirk, D-Day and beyond. Other aspects covered include the railways’ recruitment/deployment of women and weapon manufacture. Also considered are travelling on the system in wartime and how the railways prepared for possible invasion together with their response to the Blackout and the Blitz in London and elsewhere in the country.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
How the railways prepared for the Second World War
The railways’ role in the evacuation of children, the Channel Islands and Dunkirk
Railways under the Blackout and (nationwide) air attack; their preparations for possible invasion
‘Is your journey really necessary?’: the passenger experience in wartime
‘Not just engine cleaners’: women workers and the railway system /factories
‘Steaming to victory’: the railways, D-Day and beyond.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify and discuss: how the railways prepared for the Second World War; the railways’ role in the evacuation of children, the Channel Islands and Dunkirk; railways under the Blackout and (nationwide) air attack; their preparations for possible invasion; the passenger experience in wartime; women workers on the railway and in railway factories; the railways’ contribution to D-Day and victory.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory course: no previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged. No work outside class is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British history. Please see the website.