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The History of the Vote in the UK View details

In 1832, fewer than 1 in 20 people had a vote, and it was cast in public. Women were barred from voting by law. By 1928, all adults were able to vote. Over the century between these dates, millions of people protested, fought and sometimes died to achieve the right to vote. This course will look at the important people, movements and events that created popular democracy in the UK. It will show how an elite group of people systematically clung to power and excluded people from political participation through widespread corrupton, misogyny, religious bigotry and arbitrary property requirements. It will explain how a combination of idealism, organisation and persistence overcame these barriers, often at great personal cost to those involved. The final session will look at our modern democracy, and we will discuss how far it matches the ideals of those who fought for it, and what might re-energise people's engagement with politics and political ideas.

Knitting for Improvers View details

This course will cover the next steps in knitting beyond the basics. It is aimed at those with limited experience and those wishing to extend their skills and experience

The music of Aaron Copland, his friends and colleagues View details

Taking our cue from a performance of Copland's ballet score Billy the Kid scheduled for 10 June at the Royal Concert Hall, we shall explore the music by him and composers and performers he knew, worked with and supported. Composers include Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Roy Harris and Benjamin Britten; performers include clarinettist Benny Goodman, choreographers Martha Graham and Agnes de Mille, and conductor Serge Koussevitsky.

Tolerance and its Limits View details

British society is often regarded as one of the most tolerant in the world. In the last few decades however tension has been growing in public debate between those who advocate greater tolerance of differences in beliefs and actions, and those for whom tolerance has ‘gone too far’; between those who advocate not tolerating certain words or views and those who advocate the greatest scope possible for free speech. The course is an opportunity to stand back from the sometimes heated current debates and reflect on the meaning, limits and aims of toleration. Topics to be covered : 1. How tolerant am I ? Exploring our own attitudes to tolerance (with help of a philosophical questionnaire); 2.different interpretations of toleration and how they may apply to particular examples; 3. a history of the idea of toleration; 4. reflection on differences between the conceptual analyses presented and students’ understanding of tolerance.

Scandinavian Design: an introduction View details

Scandinavian design is now a well-known "brand" or concept. First successful in the 1950s and 1960s, it has recently enjoyed a come back. We will look into the history of this aesthetic and see where it came from. We will highlight and describe its main aspects: the purity and simplicity of lines and shapes, its modernity, and its emphasis on comfort and functionality. We will see that from an early stage, Scandinavian design was associated with the political system in place in Scandinavia: the wellfare state. And this equalitarian approach to society was seen to be reflected in the objects - especially home furniture - designed in Scandinavia.

Simple Summer Suppers View details

This course is for people who would like to learn to cook healthy, tasty and budget friendly summer meals using minimum equipment. If you have little or no cooking experience, you will learn basic techniques. More experienced? You will get some new ideas and extend your knowledge. There will be many resources for you to access: recipes, nutritional and health related information. An ingredients list will be available before each session so that you can get everything ready for each session for us all to cook together.

Pilates for Runners (incorporating some practical anatomy) View details

Pilates strengthens what is weak and loosens what is tight. Over tight or weak muscles can lead to injury when running. Many runners do not utilise the gluteus muscles' power or the core. We will be looking at how knowledge and activation of these muscles will further our practical pilates knowledge and strengthen the body for better running.

IT for beginners for ESOL Learners View details

This friendly and very supportive computer course, is for complete beginners or those with some basic computer skills. Providing an introduction to basic computer devices.

1 Click Maths and English View details

Do you want to enhance your maths and English skills? Do you want to learn in an informal and friendly class at your own rate? Do you want to increase your confidence and develop new skills? If you answer 'yes', then this is the course for you. It will cover reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and basic maths to boost your confidence.

Cultural Integration at CREST View details

Living in a new culture can be a positive, stimulating experience. It can also be very challenging. Some people have described moving to a new culture as feeling a bit like being a fish out of water! It is natural that most people will experience a period of transition, which is often known as culture shock, while they get used to their new surroundings. On this course you will be informed about what to expect from the UK culture and given some ideas on how to settle down in the UK.