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Northern Soul. Regional Identities in the North of England, 1800-the present. (c) Ian Britton, Where is the North?. Humber-Mersey line?. Severn-Wash line?. We will cover…. Weeks 1-6 the North-South divide industry, work and industrial decline

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northern soul

Northern Soul

Regional Identities in the North of England, 1800-the present

(c) Ian Britton,

where is the north
Where is the North?

Humber-Mersey line?

Severn-Wash line?

we will cover
We will cover…

Weeks 1-6

  • the North-South divide
  • industry, work and industrial decline
  • rural life and representations of the northern countryside
  • family and community life
  • popular culture & leisure
  • accent, dialect and

\'performing\' Northernness

we will use
We will use…
  • traditional historical sources

(e.g. George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier)

  • also: novels (e.g. Walter Greenwood, Love on the Dole)
  • film and TV (e.g. Brassed Off, The Full Monty, Coronation Street)
  • art (e.g. L.S. Lowry)
  • museums (e.g. National Coal Mining Museum)
  • comedy (e.g. Monty Python…)
weeks 6 12 the public history resource
Weeks 6-12: the public history resource…

The second half of the module will be devoted to producing a public history resource

  • you will have a lot of choice to pursue something you are really interested in and the option to do something creative
  • you can produce a film, some interviews, a booklet, etc.
  • you will receive training in oral history, story boarding, digital story telling etc.
      • examples from this year:
        • oral history interviews among steelworkers in Scunthorpe
        • George Orwell’s visit to Sheffield in the 1930s
        • ‘now and then’ photographs
        • regeneration of Castle Markets
        • music in the North
teaching and assessment
teaching and assessment
  • 1 hour lecture, 1.5 hour seminar
  • 100% coursework
    • an essay on an aspect of the social and cultural history of the north of England (30%)
    • a public history resource (70%)
to enjoy and do well on this module you should
To enjoy and do well on this module, you should:
  • be interested in the history of the north of England and working-class history
  • be interested in the North-South divide…
  • enjoy social and cultural history, including using films and novels etc. as historical sources
  • be interested in what is, for many of you, YOUR HISTORY!
  • be interested in public history
  • like to do something different from the standard essay/exam
  • be keen to develop new skills and capitalise on the ‘employability’ dimension