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A History of Opposition to Fascism View details

By studying the history of opposition to fascist movements in Britain this course will inform discussions of the movements opposing racism and fascism across Europe today

A History of the Railways View details

Arguably the advent of rail transport brought about the biggest change in the way of life in Gt Britain during the 19th century. In its wake came standardised time, holidays and a realisation by the ordinary people that there really was a different life over the next hill. It also brought financial skulduggery and power hungry despots. This course will look at the political and financial implications of railways to Nationalisation while reviewing the men who were intimately concerned with the growth of this pivotal change in Gt Britain.

A Journey Through Watercolour View details

A staged or step by step procedure showing students how to compose, draw and paint a series of varied subjects. Working from provided photographs, students own source material and photocopied handouts. How to build up a painting in stages, how to include props and simplify complex subjects. Plenty of tips and advice on watercolour method and technique demonstrated at the easel with useful advice given throughout. Individual attention when needed as well as group discussion about ideas styles and approaches. A comfortably paced course within a warm friendly atmosphere.

A Man of Character - Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

Hardy's novel presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A Man of Character: Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

Hardy's fifth novel presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A New Era - 20th Century British Artists View details

From a range of artists including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, the Bloomsbury Group, Winifred Nicholson, JD Fergusson, Joan Eardley and Lucian Freud , we explore their innovative contributions to British art of the twentieth century. No experience necessary - just a lively open-minded interest in art!

A New Era - 20th Century British Artists View details

From a range of artists including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, the Bloomsbury Group, Winifred Nicholson, JD Fergusson, Joan Eardley and Lucian Freud , we explore innovative contributions to British art of the twentieth century. No experience necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

A Passion for the Palette; Women Artists View details

This course will explore the lives & works of a range of women artists from different periods & generally the representation of women in art. Fully illustrated with discussion.

A Restless Nation- Riot and Disorder in the South View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why, and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where, our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Russian Journey View details

This course is an introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. We shall look at topics such as geography, history, art, music, language and religion, all in a historical context.