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"HEIRS AND REBELS" View details

Discover the musical worlds of the two English composers - Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. There is a wealth of music other than "The Lark Ascending", "Linden Lea" or "The Planets Suite". They were friends and contemporaries who contributed much to the musical trends in England in the early decades of the twentieth century. Both were influenced by English traditional folk music and at the same time did not shy away from contemporary styles within Europe and beyond.

“A Rude and Heady People”: The North of England in the Tudor Era View details

Were the people of the north of England, a large geographical area stretching from Berwick upon Tweed to York, really that difficult to govern, so different from people in other areas of the country and so uncivilised as the quotation suggests? Who led then? Who spoke for them? Which issues concerned them at the time? How did they react to change in the Tudor era and with what results? Who rose to favour or fell from favour and what about the population as a whole? Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable course to explore answers to these and many other questions.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

1066 and all that - Battle of Hastings View details

This course will carefully examine the situation facing the rise of Harold Godwinson in 1066, and the pressures he faced upon his accession. We will go on to look at the rival claimants to the English throne, their motives and their manoeuvres. We will finally look in more detail at the circumstances surrounding the fateful battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and consider reasons for their outcomes and the kind of tactics used, before making a final analysis of the success of William the Conqueror and his achievement of the English throne by the end of the year.

20th Century Art Movements View details

The 20th century saw a proliferation of new art movements, many of which still have the power to shock and provoke today. Explore the development of art movements such as Cubism and Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art through close study of the artists and the works that shaped the 20th century.

20th Century Music and age of discovery, invention and demise View details

We will consider the social and cultural reasons for the rapid and radical changes in musical style and ideas and the composers and musicians who made these changes possible. But we will also question why these ideas failed to maintain their momentum through to the present day. We will primely look at the works of: Stravinsky, Debussy, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bartok, Janáček, Ives, Varèse, Stockhausen, Boulez and Cage.

50 Modern Paintings 1860-1970 View details

Representing a break from traditional modes of representation, modern art manifested itself in a variety of ways from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. This course will trace a path through the major artistic trends of the modern era through fifty key works. Each week we will focus on five paintings, setting them in an artistic and wider sociological context. Artists whose work we will be studying include: Éduoard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Grosz, Wassily Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Richard Hamilton, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol.

70 Years that Transformed Britain - 1637-1707 View details

In 70 years the British political world is turned upside down. One King is publicly executed and his second son flees into exile after the last successful foreign invasion of these isles. By the end of this period, Parliament is politically dominant, Protestantism is in the ascendancy, Ireland is a colony and a new political entity - Britain - has been created. None of this was inevitable. So whilst this course looks at what happened and why, it also examines movements that did not succeed. The political radicals - Levellers, Diggers- the messianic religious groups - the Ranters and Shakers - and try and see them in their own light. Whilst these 70 years are amongst the important decades in British history, dynamism is not limited to politics. With great literature - Paradise Lost, Pilgrim's Progress, Restoration comedies - pioneering science - Newton, Hooke, Royal Society - and fascinating insight into day to day life - Pepys Diaries,-this is history that resonates down the ages

A Brief History of English Gardens View details

This course will explore the design and plants as the garden in Britain developed from the Roman villa garden through to the modern garden of today. The course aims to cover the following periods: medieval, Tudor, Dutch, English Landscape, Victorian, Dig for Victory and the modern outdoor garden. Along the way the students will assess design, period plants and famous garden designers.