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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