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"Well and Soundly Built" - The Burghill Mental Hospital View details

Marking the 150th anniversary of its foundation, this workshop considers the background and history of the Herefordshire County and City Asylum at Burghill. Using sources from the collections at HARC, the session will reflect on the changing perception of mental health provision and patients in the county from the 18th-20th centuries and the shift in emphasis from incarceration to care. Led by Rhys Griffith. To book please phone 01432 880545 or email

1918 Poets, Writers and the End of the First World War View details

1918 meant the end of the First World War. This had an effect on the lives and literary output of writers and poets. The first part of the day is to look at how and why the First World War ended. Therefore the political and military events of 1918 will be investigated and form a framework for the next session. The second part of the workshop is to look at how the war and the events of 1918 affected writers and poets such as Vera Brittain, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. There will be an opportunity to look at a range of poetry and writing. However the key issue is to understand how war both physically and psychologically affected individuals and therefore created a literary tradition all of its own because of the profound impact it had on some who took part.

20th Century Art and the Jerwood Gallery View details

By discussing a selection of the works face to face in the gallery, the course offers the opportunity to study works from this important collection and explore how these works fit into the wider context of twentieth century art and beyond. We will focus on works on display at the time of the course, including those in temporary exhibitions. Key social, political and cultural events and influences will also be evaluated in order to put specific artworks into context.

A Beginners Guide to Homeopathy View details

For anyone interested in alternative & holistic health & how to use homeopathic remedies in the home for acute problems. We will look at homeopathic philosophy & the history of the medicine as well as building up a homeopathic first aid kit.

A Beginners' Introduction to Handwriting 1550-1700 View details

This course, led by Dr Charlotte Berry, will explore the history of handwriting between 1550-1700, as well as covering key skills and strategies in tackling original texts from this period. Practical hands-on sessions are included which will give you the opportunity to start reading example texts. This course follows on from the Introduction to Paleography spring workshop.

A Brief History of Life View details

A dayschool led by Dr Joe Botting. Life on Earth has a long and complicated history, as revealed through the fossil record and molecular biology. Some time periods are better known than others and its is difficult to put everything into the correct context. Aspects covered will be the rise of oxygen, the Cambrian Explosion, mass extinctions, and the origins and diversifications of major groups of organisms, supported by paleontological specimens from critical sites around the world.

A Brief History of the English Garden View details

This course follows the development of the garden in Britain from the Roman villa garden through to the modern garden. Periods of garden history covered include medieval, Tudor, Dutch, English Landscape, Victorian and the 'Dig for Victory' garden. We`ll assess design, features in the garden, period plants and famous designers.

A Career in Care View details

On the course you will explore the range of service and job roles available in the adult care sector; develop knowledge of the skills and attributes essential to working in the field and develop an awareness of the legislation, principles and values that underpin the profession. Experience a care environment first-hand when you visit an adult care home in the final session

A Celebration Of Spring View details

A day workshop which will consider various aspects of Spring in the natural world. Then through observation, drawing and painting in watercolours, making a lasting record in the form of a botanical study.

A Munitionette's View View details

Led by Angela Williams who is currently the Rotherwas ROF Front Line Duty Project Officer based at HARC. The workshop will look at aspects of life at the munitions factory in Rotherwas, Hereford during WW1 and WW2 - the dangers, the dramas and the day-to-day routine.

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