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1816-The Year without Summer View details

Lord Byron's poem 'Darkness' sums up this turbulent year, but 1816 also saw the writing of 'Frankenstein', Austen's 'Persuasion', and the first published poems of John Keats. Against a background of rain, storms, August frosts and devastating famine, these and other works of art bring an era to life.

1918 - Armistice and Aftermath View details

These sessions will examine the events of 1918 as we commemorate the centenary of a watershed in modern history. We will examine how the allies won what seemed at the beginning of the year an unlikely victory. As well as discussing the fighting of 1918 we will also consider other important events such as the devastating influenza pandemic and the British 1918 election which saw some women vote for the first time. We will also investigate the afterwar settlements as the defeated central powers were reshaped and the map of the world redrawn. The group will also examine how these dramatic changes of a century ago still influence our own world today.

1918 - Armistice and Aftermath View details

These sessions will examine the events of 1918 as we commemorate the centenary of a watershed in modern history. We will examine how the allies won what seemed at the beginning of the year an unlikely victory. As well as discussing the fighting of 1918 we will also consider other important events such as the devastating influenza pandemic and the British 1918 election which saw some women vote for the first time. We will also investigate the afterwar settlements as the defeated central powers were reshaped and the map of the world redrawn. The group will also examine how these dramatic changes of a century ago still influence our own world today.

1918 - Armistice and Aftermath View details

These sessions will examine the events of 1918 as we commemorate the centenary of a watershed in modern history. We will examine how the allies won what seemed at the beginning of the year an unlikely victory. As well as discussing the fighting of 1918 we will also consider other important events such as the devastating influenza pandemic and the British 1918 election which saw some women vote for the first time. We will also investigate the afterwar settlements as the defeated central powers were reshaped and the map of the world redrawn. The group will also examine how these dramatic changes of a century ago still influence our own world today.

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 American Art View details

North American artists responded to the life-changing social and cultural developments of their time in extraordinary and innovative ways. From Thomas Eakins, through Childe Hassam and including the Regionalism of Grant Wood, we explore a uniquely American perspective on the world - including American art of World War I. No experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

20th Century through from German Existentialism to French Postmodernism View details

During the 20th Century two major schools of philosophy developed - one concentrated on the lived experience of the individual looking to rediscover the question of the meaning of being, the other suggested that such a project was impossible, that what it means 'to be' is a historical-social question tied to power. In this day long workshop both traditions as represented by the (infamous) Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault will be explained and examined, looking to see if philosophy is still relevant as a practice today.

A Beginner's Guide to Archaeology View details

Seen archaeological excavations in the news? Want to know more about how archaeology works? This course is for you. We will look at how archaeologists know where to dig, what methods they use, how they know how old something is, and more. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

A Beginner's Guide to Homeopathy View details

Homeopathy is a complex natural, holistic medicine so we will begin by looking at the ideas behind homeopathy: what does it mean; who created it; how are the remedies made; as well as challenging our ideas of health and disease.We will also be looking at about 16 different remedies that can be used in common situations.Through doing case studies, we will then be learning how to choose a remedy for our ill family members.

A Beginners' Guide to Philosophy View details

The course looks at the development of basic philosophical notions over the ages. These notions include justice, fairness and inequality. Anybody who has had a moment of reflection on how the world is or how their life is affected by the state of the world is a philosopher. Is that you?