'Working Lives' in the nineteenth century: Strathclyde University online learning project
The School of Humanities at University of Strathclyde have been involved in creating a set of three connected FutureLearn MOOCs (online courses) on 'Working Lives' in the nineteenth century. Prof Kirstie Blair has been leading on this in partnership with industrial heritage museums, with Arthur McIvor contributing to the coal mining working lives segment. Registration to these online course is free.
Working Lives on the Railways
On this course, you will investigate the professional lives of the men and women working on the British railways from the 1840s until the First World War. Using archival materials from the National Railway Museum, you will learn about the mental and physical hardship endured by railway workers, as well as the risks and pleasures that came with working in this new industry. From Irish Catholic navvies to female office clerks based in industrial cities, you will discover the surprising diversity and complexity of the railway workforce. Railway working lives starts on 30 September 2019.
More information and registration at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/working-lives-on-the-railway
Working Lives in the mining industry
On this course, you’ll explore the history and heritage of British mining labour. You’ll discover the evolution of the role of coal-miners in the 19th century, the hardships they endured, and learn how mining has affected British industrial heritage today. Through online resources and museum archives, you’ll gain historical, literary and genealogical research skills, and learn to critically assess mining artefacts and representations of life in the mines. You’ll also learn how these representations relate to wider issues of class, gender, and political and professional identity. Coal miners starts on 28 October 2019.
More information and registration at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/working-lives-in-the-mining-industry
Working Lives in the textile industries - to follow on 25 November 2019.