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Every Picture Tells a Story Part 3 View details

In this course we will continue to explore the Victorian world through the depictions in art of everyday life. We will be looking in depth at the life and art of William Powell Frith and Ford Maddox Brown (the eccentric Pre-Raphaelite associate) and also discussing the way many Victorian pictures are intended to be 'read', including the symbolism and social norms and expectations of the society of the time which permiate these works. It is not necessary for students to have attended previous courses to participate.

Communication Skills for Community Interpreting View details

This course will involve written tasks such as writing a report, letters and emails. There will be reading tasks based on understanding key vocabulary in public services: housing, education, social services, welfare benefits, immigration or health. There will be opportunities to focus on speaking and listening skills such as preparing a presentation and engaging in a variety of formal and informal group discussions.

The House of Lancaster: It Wasn’t All Roses with Gary Slator View details

We will begin by looking at the circumstances which led to the Congress of Arras, the changing policy of the Burgundians, and the resulting Treaty of Arras by 1435. We will go on to look at the consequences of the death of the Duke of Bedford in the same year, and the subsequent changes in policy and strategy taken by different factions afterwards. We will also look in closer detail at the youth and character of the young King Henry VI, and provide some interpretations of his emerging personality. We will go on to examine the circumstances which then produced the economic and financial exhaustion of the 1440s and the subsequent truces between England and France that followed, changing the nature of the conflict between them.We will conclude with an examination of the different and competing personalities of English government during the later 1440s, and the consequences for English long-term goals and strategy which that produced.

Family and Local History: Research Workshop with Kevin Brown View details

Using a selection of projects you will come together once a week to compare and contrast your discoveries. You will learn a range of strategies applying a variety of sources and resources. We aim to encourage each other and to complement each other drawing on our life-experience as well as the many methods of historical enquiry used in family history, local history, and house history in social context.

Using Computers - Beginners Computer Skills View details

Using a computer can make your life easier and open up many new opportunities for you. This course covers basic skills such as using a keyboard, a mouse and understanding the basic functions of a laptop including how to turn it on and off plus other useful controls and settings. You will learn the importance of staying safe online, connecting to Wi-Fi networks, setting up an email account and using the internet to access useful information and services such as banking, employment opportunities and shopping etc.

Cake Bake: Digital Workshop View details

An interactive course for all cake making enthusiasts! We will be learning how to use simple ingredients to make a selection of cakes, tray-bakes and treats. Using recipes we will work out costs and budgets. Finishing off with decorating your cakes and package your finished bakes to a high standard.

Access to Services at CREST View details

Are you sure you know what benefits you are entitled to? Find out more about what's available. This course is for refugees and asylum seekers who want to know more about their entitlements and benefits. Over the seven week programme you will receive information and advice on claiming benefits and entitlements including housing benefit, working and child tax credits, job seeker's allowance (JSA), pension credit, universal credit, benefits for people who are sick or disabled, employment and support allowance (ESA), disability living allowance for children, personal independence payment, attendance allowance and income support.

Creative Writing - Fridays with Cath Humphris View details

These are practical sessions intended to encourage the development of a writing habit. The course will begin with a series of starter exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. The following five sessions will be based on various aspects of writing theory, each accompanied by a guided exercise that leads into an optional homework task. This tutor focuses on prose forms, particularly short story and flash fiction, but she encourages experimentation with style and form, and expects students to follow their own approaches to writing. Canvas will provide a place where the group can share their writing. The emphasis is on enjoyment and developing confidence in your 'writing voice'. Information and advice about competitions and other submission opportunities will be included.

Latin for Improvers 3 with Penelope Fewster View details

Latin is everywhere - in inscriptions, in textbooks for medicine, law and botany, in church liturgy and the records for family history. It is the ancestor of many European languages and by various routes has supplied about half the vocabulary of English. Above all, it is the language in which some of world's greatest literature was written and its poetry, oratory, philosophy and even novels have influenced many writers over the centuries and continue to do so today. If you are interested in any of the above, or simply enjoy a challenge, then Latin is for you. This course is for people who have studied some Latin (however long ago!) and would like to take their studies further. You will continue to study the grammar of the Latin language and the the context in which it was written: the city of Rome and the Roman Empire.

Discussing Short Stories, from Leverson to Kipling Friday-pm View details

For this course we'll be discussing six stories from The Penguin Book of The British Short Story anthology, edited by Philip Hensher. We start with Suggestion, by Mrs Ernest Leverson, a story published in 1895. Over the following five sessions we'll look at one story per week, finishing with Rudyard Kipling's, 1917 story, The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat. What is the attraction of the short story for the writer? Are these stories primarily important because they're historical? What does the twenty-first century reader get from them? The tutor will supply a schedule of stories on the Canvas site. Please read, Suggestion, by Mrs Ernest Leverson, for discussion at the first session.