There is an interesting course coming up in March 2016; Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree, hosted by FutureLearn.
FutureLearn is a private company set up and run by the Open University who organise these mass online courses. I have done a couple of these myself and will say they are great fun, and they are free. This one is set out over 6 weeks, and would need about 4 hours per week of your time. This of course is not cast in stone, there is quite a lot of flexibility so there is plenty of choice in how much you put into it.
Sandfields Pumping Station most certainly has a rich social and family history associated with it that is proving both fascinating and rewarding to understand.
About the course:
This free online course will help you develop an understanding of the basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion.
Details in the link below, enjoy