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Anarchy in the UK? Civil Unrest in Modern Britain View details

This seven week course will examine civil unrest in Britain from the Georgian period onwards. Beginning with the Gordon Riots and then looking at Victorian strike action, Edwardian suffragette protests, anti-fascism, and the police-public violence of the 1970s and 1980s, concluding with protest in the early twenty-first century, this will challenge the notion that British politics was fundamentally and intrinsically ‘peaceful’. Drawing on original archival material that forms part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council project on collective violence, it will provide fresh insights into what motivates people to take to the streets. There will be a particular focus on how these periods of upheaval and confrontation have played out in Berkshire. Students will consider oral history first-hand accounts, film, poetry, music and social media surrounding the phenomenon of the ‘riot’, to arrive at a greater understanding of the violent subtexts of modern British history.

Ancient Egypt - 7000 Years of Ancient History in One Afternoon! View details

Explore ALL of ancient Egyptian history, from prehistoric hunter to the Arab conquest and beyond: pharaohs, monuments, invasions and conquests, writing and literature, medical and technical advances, tomb raiders and archaeological discoveries - in one afternoon!

And Before Shakespeare - Gammer Gurton's Needle View details

The explosion of drama onto the Elizabethan stage may seem to spring fully formed from nowhere. But, of course, as Shakespeare himself observed, nothing will come of nothing. There is imput from classical and contemporary European drama, but England too had a rich, developing history of drama, before theatre. Starting from a religious base, simple bible tales were transformed into realistic, and often comic, drama. Gradually invented stories commenting satirically on the original appear, then allegorical plays and by the sixteenth century plays produced simply for entertainment. “Gammer Gurton’s Needle”, is possibly the earliest English farce, and like the miracle and morality plays that preceded it, presents an every-day story of country folk. The crux of the matter is: where is Gammer’s needle? We will begin with a 2 hour session, followed by a lunch break and two one and a half our sessions with a tea break.

And Before Shakespeare - The Miracle Plays View details

The explosion of drama onto the Elizabethan stage may seem to spring fully formed from nowhere. But, of course, as Shakespeare himself observed, nothing will come of nothing. There is imput from classical and contemporary European drama, but England too had a rich, developing history of drama, before theatre. Starting from a religious base, simple bible tales were transformed into realistic, and often comic, drama. Gradually invented stories commenting satirically on the original appear, then allegorical plays and and by the sixteenth century plays produced simply for entertainment. The day will be based on a play from one of the cycles of mystery plays and a morality play. The first will be a retelling of a bible story in the contemporary mediaeval world, the second, an allegory, meant to teach moral values, but often giving the devil some of the best lines. We will begin with a 2 hour session, followed by a lunch break and two one and a half our sessions with a tea break.

Anger and Irritability - Everyday Strategies View details

This course is for people who recognise that anger and irritability are adversely affecting their daily lives. It will explore the triggers, how they affect you and coping tools to reduce the impact anger has on your life and relationships. This course aims to build your confidence and self-esteem and to remove the stress caused by anger.

Anger and Irritability - Everyday Strategies View details

This course is for people who recognise that anger and irritability are adversely affecting their daily lives. It will explore the triggers, how they affect you and coping tools to reduce the impact anger has on your life and relationships. This course aims to build your confidence and self-esteem and to remove the stress caused by anger.

Anger Managment View details

This course will examine the causes of anger, the impact of anger on the body and strategies to manage anger.

Anne Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall View details

This course offers close study of Anne Bronte and her ground-breaking novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Although it was an instant success when published in 1848, it was seen by some as the most shocking of contemporary Victorian novels as it challenged existing social and legal structures. It is now recognised as one of the first sustained feminist novels. This is an opportunity to explore and evaluate the work and the life of, arguably, the least celebrated of the famous Bronte sisters.

Annie Brassey -Conjuring the East View details

In 1876 Lady Annie Brassey and her children, friends and pets sailed around the world in her private steam yacht the Sunbeam. During her remarkable voyage she met with mandarins and sultans, explored temples and shrines and shared it all through her journals, collections, and the photographs she and her family collected or developed in the bathroom of their yacht. Her published accounts became bestsellers introducing readers to a world of travel and culture beyond European horizons. She was not the only global traveller in this period and this course will consider the wider cultural significance of burgeoning global travel in the nineteenth century. Specifically how Brassey presented the different cultures of the ‘East’ to her readership, creating cultural tropes that we still employ today.

Applying Your Confidence View details

This course is for anyone who needs to build confidence before going on to further education or work and will allow students to increase their confidence in a supportive group environment. Encouraging them to recognise positive personal qualities, as well as looking at barriers to confidence and how these might be overcome. Students will also discuss and apply a range of assertiveness techniques, as well as looking at the impact stress can have on self-esteem and identify and practise positive methods for dealing with stressful situations.