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  1. Northern Soul Regional Identities in the North of England, 1800-the present (c) Ian Britton, FreeFoto.com

  2. Where is the North? Humber-Mersey line? Severn-Wash line?

  3. 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

  4. 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…)

  5. 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

  6. 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%)

  7. 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