This is the second time that we have run Brilliant Club at Rawmarsh and our students simply never fail to amaze us with their enthusiasm for learning and their developing academic ability.
This time Year 9 students have been working on a programme called ‘The Yorkshire Miners 1786-1819’. Their tutor is Joe Stanley who studied his first degree in History at the University of Durham and is currently completing his Doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University.
The course comes directly from his current research which explores local protest instances, popular politics and the working lives of Yorkshire miners across 1786-1858 – a period of immense social, economic, and political change. To bring their study to life students will also be visiting the NUM archives in Barnsley.
Brilliant Club was founded to help students experience University study. HEPPSY+ aims to increase the number of local young people accessing higher education. Well done to all the students who have taken part in this project we look forward to attending Graduation at the University of Sheffield in May.
Pupils worked with Joe to analyse instances of protest that occurred in the Yorkshire coalfield across 1786-1819. In weekly university-style seminars held before Easter, pupils considered what caused miners to protest, how the miners went about protesting, and what effect or change such protests had on the miners’ standard of living. All who participated got the chance to analyse contemporary sources and read what academic historians had written, and then write a 2,000 word paper on the topic.
Everybody who was involved enjoyed the opportunity to work in depth on a really interesting subject to gain a better understanding of what life and labour in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries was like.