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Introduction to Old English View details

This course will introduce the language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons. Students will have the chance to try out speaking, reading, and translating Old English, and learn something of the grammar and vocabulary of the language. We will look at prose, poetry and manuscripts. No prior knowledge of Old English is needed.

Practical Art – Drawing and Painting for Beginners and Improvers View details

Learn to draw and paint with watercolour the landscape, people in parks and natural forms in the summer season. You will develop ways to show texture, form and colour using a range of drawing materials, and learn how to combine some of these with watercolour. We will also cover ways of using pen and ink, a favourite medium of some of the plein air artists who illustrated landscape and ruins in 18th Century for tourists on the Grand Tour

A History of Nordic Art View details

This course will focus on a geographical area that may be intriguing for many of us: the North of Europe. Lately, in films and TV series, novels, and design, the Nordic touch has been quite popular. What about visual arts? Throughout the course we will discover the history of Nordic art(s), and will consider artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. We will cover Viking objects, Norwegian stave churches, Danish and Swedish medieval church frescoes, Finish national romantic painting and the Skagen painters. We will also study the art and craft of the Sami people as well as some of the most important voices in Nordic contemporary art.

The History of Religion: From human origins to the movement of Moses View details

The history of religion is the key to the history of human consciousness; this course will attempt to trace this history from the beginnings of humanity to the emergence of the 'world religions' of today. The first 6 week course will take us from the role of 'religion' in the emergence of homo-sapiens as a species, through the great changes of the Neolithic period, to the mythologies of the early city states; culminating with a historic study of the 'Moses movement' and the birth of monotheism . Along the way we will be attempting to develop a coherent social-psychological reading of these various phenomena. There will also be 2 sessions focusing on the religious beliefs and practices of hunter gatherer 'religion' with a guest speaker coming in to discuss Shamanism.

Needle-felting: Digital Workshop View details

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have previous experience, everyone is welcome on this online needle-felting course! In our sessions you will learn about different needles and wool, the techniques on how to bring wool together to make lovely dogs or cats. You will make your own woolly creation and gain the knowledge and skills you can apply to a lot of other projects.

The Creative Writing Gym View details

Enjoy writing stories and poetry on this friendly and supportive creative writing course. Each week we will look at a different aspect of creative writing with exercises that will inspire you to write and develop your skills. This course will be taught online (using Zoom and Canvas) and is suitable for beginners and those with previous writing experience.

Historical Enigmas View details

In this course we will explore a selected series of “Historical Engimas” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments about events and people. However they are all examined within a wider context or used to draw out some other theme which is inherent within the narrative The main method used will be segmented powerpoint presentations but as always the sessions are intended to be interactive. By agreement there may be some change in the schedule and topics. The main topics will be 1. Emma, the Pirate Queen 2.The Maid of Orleans 3. The Gin Panic 4. “Almost a Miracle” 5. Benedict Arnold’s left leg 6. Into the Valley of Death 7.The Sands of Iwo Jima 8. Where were you when Kennedy was killed ?

Level 1 Award in Volunteering View details

During this course you will learn about the activities of voluntary organisations, the role of a volunteer, and the regulatory frameworks that may apply to you as a volunteer. In order to achieve this qualification, you will need to complete two mandatory modules: 1. Explore volunteering and the ways to become a volunteer 2. Personal standards and requirements for working in a volunteering role Before you can join this course, you will need to talk to a member of staff and do an initial assessment to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464

The Globetrotter: Victorian Excursions in India, China and Japan 1870-1920 View details

In the second half of the nineteenth-century, with the popularisation of Thomas Cook and new routes opening up the 'East', a new generation of travellers embarked on excursions to India, China and Japan. Dubbed 'globetrotters' by the popular press, they traversed the East, dining on famous and unusual delicacies, such as bird's nest soup, and ventured into forbidden territory, entering tombs and temples and visiting locations with illicit reputations. Their letters and diaries as well as the objects they collected charted their own self-transformation through travel. They also conjured the East for their audiences at home both challenging and confirming Victorian perceptions of the East.

The Arts & Crafts Movement View details

Arts and Crafts is a term that is applied to a huge variety of objects, designs and ideas. This short course will begin with a thorough investigation of the work of William Morris, including a study of those who influenced him such as AWN Pugin. We will try to describe the characteristics common to works made under the Arts and Crafts umbrella, and will look at a wide range of those works, including architecture, painting, textile design, furniture design, stained glass, ceramics and metalwork. Arts and Crafts had great influence worldwide. The work studied will range from Morris, his company Morris and Co and the Red House in Bexley Heath, to the furniture maker Ashbee and his Cotswold workshops to the swags and swirls of Art Nouveau and will reach as far as the work of the Greene brothers in Pasadena in California.