Innovators: meet the Victorians

Course Dates: 19/09/22 - 24/10/22
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
What did the Victorians do for us? Taking a different topic each week, we will explore a range of innovations in the era, from engineering, public health and industry, to crime detection and nursing.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00

Course Code: HBH30

Mon, eve, 19 Sep - 24 Oct '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The Victorian period (1837-1901) ushered in an extraordinary era of innovation in engineering, science and industry. Join us as we explore I.K. Brunel’s remarkable engineering designs, Bazalgette’s public sanitation works and Darwin’s revolutionary theories of evolution, together with early forensic crime scenes, the Great Exhibition and developments in nursing. Determined to develop, explore, analyse and categorize the world around them, the Victorians left remarkable legacies that remain with us today.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Week 1: Engineering: the life & work of I.K. Brunel
Week 2: Public Health: Bazalgette & the ‘Great Stink’
Week 3: Science: Darwin & Darwinism
Week 4: Crime & Policing: Policing, forensic criminology & crime scenes
Week 5: Industry, the British Empire & Society: the Great Exhibition
Week 6: Women & Nursing: Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Assess Brunel’s impact on civil engineering
• Evaluate the impact of Bazalgette’s work on public health in London
• Explain Darwin’s impact on scientific research
• Evaluate policing policies & the early analysis of forensic evidence & crime scenes in the Victorian era
• Assess the impact of the 1851 Great Exhibition on British society and culture
• Explain how gender influenced the professionalisation of nursing and perceptions of nurses.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required. A willingness to engage with the topics and contribute to class discussions is all that is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through interactive lectures and discussions. You will be taught online via weekly sessions. Google Classroom will be available with resources including weekly slides and articles, should you wish to further your knowledge of the topic.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and notepad if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH64 Industry and protest in the 1800s.

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