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A Man of Character - Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

Hardy's novel presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A Man of Character: Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

Hardy's fifth novel presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A New Era - 20th Century British Artists View details

From a range of artists including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, the Bloomsbury Group, Winifred Nicholson, JD Fergusson, Joan Eardley and Lucian Freud , we explore innovative contributions to British art of the twentieth century. No experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

A New Era - 20th Century British Artists View details

From a range of artists including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, the Bloomsbury Group, Winifred Nicholson, JD Fergusson, Joan Eardley and Lucian Freud , we explore their innovative contributions to British art of the twentieth century. No experience necessary - just a lively open-minded interest in art!

A Passion for the Palette; Women Artists View details

This course will explore the lives & works of a range of women artists from different periods & generally the representation of women in art. Fully illustrated with discussion.

A Restless Nation- Riot and Disorder in the South View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why, and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where, our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Russian Journey View details

This course is an introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. We shall look at topics such as geography, history, art, music, language and religion, all in a historical context.

A Russian Journey: An introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. View details

This course is an introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. We shall look at topics such as geography, history, art, music, language and religion, all in a historical context.

A Sense of Place View details

A Sense of Place:"Ours was the marsh country,down by the river". Starting with Great Expectations,by Charles Dickens,followed by Waterland,by Graham Swift,& concluding with W. G. Seabald's The Rings of Saturn,we will explore how these three very different authors use a sense of space in creating their novels.

A sense of place: Lyrical landscapes  View details

This is a Day School taught by John Haynes and Janet Sinclair. John Haynes: The section of the course on Edward Thomas will look at some examples of his poems provide some physical background (he lived for a time at Steep, near Petersfield) and the historical background of the First World War in which he was killed. Thomas, though a difficult man to live with, is a poet of immense tenderness, whose popularity among poetry readers has survived the various ‘isms’ of the twentieth century by virtue of its sincerity and capacity to move his readers through contemplation of simple ordinary things in his beloved Hampshire countryside.