The Walkie Talkie Courses

Bow Roundabout - the Walkie Talkie courses

Walkie Talkie

This is an adult education venture offered via Idea Store Learning, Tower Hamlets Council. It takes the form of three Walkie Talkie courses designed to appeal to aspiring AND experienced guides.

It gives aspiring guides a low-level introduction to tour guiding, with particular reference to guiding in Tower Hamlets. To the experienced guide it gives a thorough and immersive introduction to the history and heritage of the original East End.

The course comprises three parts, offered as two-hour sessions held on consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Part One

This five-week course gives students an introduction to the basics of tour guiding, and to the history of Tower Hamlets. It entails three classroom sessions, one outdoor tour and a visit to an archive. In Session Five each student is required to give a four-minute presentation in class on a pre-assigned topic.

The course is scheduled to be offered next in autumn 2017 – the course outline is HERE.

Part Two

This five-week course provides a greater focus on the development of basic guiding skills. It comprises four classroom sessions and an indoor tour. It is based around group work, each group creating a rudimentary tour to be presented in class in Session Five.

The course is scheduled to be offered next in autumn 2017 – the course outline is HERE.

Part Three

This ten-week course builds on the first two parts to develop the learner’s engagement with the practicalities of guiding. It culminates with the learners presenting a tour, each having been allocated a stop.

Part Three is running currently – it will be offered again in spring 2018; the course outline is HERE.

PLEASE NOTE that the course is subject to recruitment. If there are insufficient students enrolled, the course will not go ahead.

ADDITIONAL TOURS

The courses are complemented by a supplementary programme of weekend tours. These are NOT part of the course, but are intended to deepen learners’ experience of touring. The tours will be available for learners and their companions at a discount price. Please contact me for further details.

Bromley Recreation Ground - the Walkie Talkie courses

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Photographs © Leigh Stanford 2014

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