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"Crisis? What Crisis?" View details

The issue of “Brexit” has stimulated – or exposed – fundamental divisions in the political, social, regional make-up of the United Kingdom. This course will cover a selected range of British political crises which provoked deep political and social divisions at the time and which often had profound consequences for the nation. In most cases the issues they raised are still relevant today. They will be considered in their own right but will also be used to access the wider context in which they occurred. They will be approached chronologically. The methods employed will include segmented powerpoint presentations and discussion of the themes identified, as well as the usual class interaction.

“Gardening - Appreciation: Humphrey Repton and the Picturesque View details

This course will examine the next phase in the story of garden history in Britain, following the development of the landscape garden throughout the eighteenth century. Humphry Repton was the self appointed successor to Capability Brown, but his ideas and designs differed quite considerably and much of his success was due to his brilliant marketing tool of the 'Red Book'. The cult of the Picturesque was an important philosophical, as well as artistic phenomenon in the 1790s, often expressed through poetry and essays, and it had a direct influence on garden design. Once again, history, literature, landscape art and garden design combine to paint the picture of this fascinating subject.

1066 and all that - Herefordshire from Alfred the Great to Henry I View details

Herefordshire was one of the few areas of Midland England that avoided the Viking raids. It was annexed as part of Alfred’s kingdom and ruled by his daughter Aethelflaed. Hereford itself became a ‘burh’ –a fortified town – and subsequently a new shire was established as an area of tribute around it. This flourished until the Norman Conquest when Herefordshire became a militarized zone, intensively covered in earthwork castles, as the Normans set-out to annex Wales. This situation is reflected in Domesday Book (1086), which provides a unique portrait of the social and economic state of the region and suggests the framework for a discussion of the church and the revival of urban life. These issues will all be discussed and illustrated in this course.

1387-1485. England in the drama and change from Medieval to Early Modern Society View details

Art, expansion of printing and with it literature, magnificent architecture and painting, a century of glorious achievements yet at the same time one of frequent turmoil as rival claimants and their supporters engage in deadly conflict for the ultimate prize; the throne. The course considers not only the unfolding dramas between 1387 and 1487 when battle finally catapulted the Tudors onto the throne, but also lives and achievements in all walks of society as the people of our towns and villages move from the medieval to early modern England.

19th and 20th Century Nordic Composers View details

This 10-week course will chart the rise of the "Northern Lights" of the Nordic national musical traditions which emerged during the 19th and 20th centuries. The diverse composers encountered will include Alfvén, Stenhammar and Rosenberg (Sweden); Nielsen and Ruders (Denmark); Grieg and Svendsen (Norway); and Sibelius and Rautavaara (Finland).

2020 Your Best Year Ever Taster View details

Students will be introduced to planning tools to help them identify what they would like to achieve in 2020.

A Catastrophic 14th Century: Plantagenets IV View details

A tumultuous century where truth is stranger than fiction. Drama, intrigue, rivalry, treachery, deviancy, pestilence, famine, and the overthrow of a king. Conflicts that pitted sons against fathers and wives against husbands; Over-mighty subjects including de Montfort, Gaveston and Despenser as well as strong, powerful queens like Eleanor of Provence, Eleanor of Castile and the ‘She-Wolf,’ Isabella of France. Ignored and mostly unknown to most people, this was the calamitous Plantagenet century, 1250 – 1351.

A Family at War: The Prince Regent, his Wife and Daughter View details

Behind the romance and glamour of the Regency period lay the deep social and political problems of a nation at war. In this period the personal was political and the Regent's feud with his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, and his problems in controlling his daughter, Princess Charlotte, had implications of national importance.

A Flash in the Pan - Writing Stories Under 1000 Words View details

A dayschool exploring the basics of 'Flash Fiction'. Learners will be taught the definition and origins of the literary style. A series of group exercises will also teach learners how to write original 'FlashFic' themselves.

A Flash in the Pan: Writing Stories Under 1000 Words View details

A day school exploring the basics of 'Flash Fiction'. Learners will be taught the definition and origins of the literary style. A series of group exercises will also teach learners how to write original 'FlashFic' themselves.