History | The History of Brighton - A Unique Resort

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby, Open to international students

Why this course?

The fascinating development and expansion of Brighton from early life on the downs through to Georgian enlargement and into the vibrant, diverse twentieth century; looking at particular aspects that have made Brighton unusual and unique; noting how a small, poor fishing town emerged into a fashionable resort.

Taught at the Whitehawk Community Inn Centre, we will explore Brighton's rich architectural heritage, considering how this impacted on the social life of the town and how buildings such as theatres, cinemas and skating rinks helped to mould its image, as well as the many shops, factories and other industries.

Cultural life in Brighton has always featured highly in the town’s history, from theatre and music hall, to racing and cinema-going. Dance halls and cinemas played a part in the town’s wartime history. Wartime impacted highly on a resort renowned for entertainment and accommodating many visitors who were looking to enjoy the piers, palace and bracing sea air. We will study other aspects of the town’s life, such as poverty and slum housing and how rapid expansion causes problems as well as prosperity.

Illustrated with PowerPoint slides, books, prints, historic maps, extracts from local guide books and film.

Key Features

• Fascinating social and local history
• Colourful images and maps
• Powerpoint illustrations
• Relaxed atmosphere
• Lively class discussion
• Friendly and supportive tutor
• Based out of the Whitehawk Community Inn Centre

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0671-1C 27 Apr 2022 External Site 1.00pm - 3.00pm 8 weeks £20.00 Enrol & Pay

Course content

Learn about Brighton’s history from early times through to Georgian and into contemporary life, and look at particular aspects that have made Brighton an unusual and unique resort, including its ‘racy’ image and emergence into the modern society and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

We will view its rich architectural heritage, and see how this impacted on the social life of the town. Cultural life in Brighton has always featured highly in the town’s history, from theatre and music hall, to racing and film. Dance halls and cinemas played a part in the town’s wartime history - this impacted highly on a town renowned for entertainment and accommodating many visitors who were looking to enjoy the piers, palace and bracing sea air.  

The course will be illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows, historic maps, extracts from local guide books and film.

Why the MET?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High-quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Course fees

The course fees are £102.00 for 8 weeks. 

This course is eligible for a 50% discount if you are in receipt of certain benefits. This discounted fee is shown as category B below:

A. £102.00

B. £51.00

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this discount here.

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You can also enrol by calling 01273 667704 or in person at our Central Brighton or West Durrington Campuses.


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