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'Anniversaries' View details

Anniversaries have powerful emotional meaning across cultures and and are now used to significant extent as a tool in the marketing of literature. The course will explore ways in which poets and novelists have used this theme and analyse its impact. We shall also identify how the publishing industry uses the births and deaths of writers to enhance sales and the impact of this on our reading choices.

Appreciating the Romantics – Poets of Revolution and Revolutionary Poets View details

Introduction to the study of poetry. Initial exploration of the social background and Romantic theories of poetry, supported by reading and discussion of a few examples of poetry written in the period before 1798. Detailed exploration of: some of Blake’s shorter lyrics; a number of Wordsworth's shorter Lyrical Ballads and extracts from his Preface, 'Tintern Abbey', 'Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood', sonnets, 'The Prelude'; Coleridge's ideas about the Imagination, extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'; Keats - extracts from letters, extracts from 'The Eve of St. Agnes', sonnets, short lyrics, Odes including 'To a Nightingale', 'On a Grecian Urn', 'To Autumn'; Shelley - extracts from political pamphlets, 'A Defence of Poetry' and 'Queen Mab'; 'The Mask of Anarchy', Sonnets, 'Ode to a Skylark, 'Ode to the West Wind'; Byron - a few short lyrics, Preface to 'Don Juan' and extracts.

Archaeological Conundrums Part 1 View details

The first half of the course will look at the archaeology of the Maya, an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America. We shall look at the development of culture particularly during the Classic period, c.250-900AD/CE - this will include temples at Tikal, royal tombs at El Peru Waka, and the City at Copan. Other topics for analysis will be coastal and Marine archaeology where tides, and underwater currents can present particular problems, and how archaeologists can find out about what people wore and how textile/leather industries affect the environment around these specialist centres.

Archaeology - Anglo-Saxon Britain View details

We will look at the situation in Late Roman Eastern Britain, the Saxon migrations, the culture of the migrants - burial, place names, occupation sites, artefacts and the re-introduction of Christianity, using archaeological and historical sources.

Archaeology of Food View details

What did our ancestors eat and why? Examine the social, cultural and economic factors that have influenced consumption in the human past via a wide range of archaeological evidence from around the world. Investigate not just what past peoples ate, but how they acquired and prepared their food, as well as dietary taboos and luxuries. No formal requirements; everyone welcome and no previous knowledge assumed

Archaeology of the Human Journey View details

We will journey from the deep past into the present as we examine our human origins. Along the way we will examine ancestors such as ‘Lucy’, ‘Peking Man’ and the Neanderthals, and discuss how humans have spread across the globe. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Archaeology- The Medieval World on our Doorstep, Peasants,Lords and the Church View details

Here is a chance to learn about life in the Medieval Period. In a friendly atmosphere we will learn about and talk about everyday life for medieval people. What did people in a village like Castleford do for work? How did they organise their village, what did you do to entertain yourself? We will also look at the houses people lived in, why did some villages fail and become deserted or shrank in size. Was it all to do with the Black Death? We will also talk about who ruled the peasants. What did they think was important in life? We will also look at the life of people associated with the church. Some became very wealthy and lived in the same world as the Lords. But what about the village priests, Monks, Friars and Nuns. How did they live their lives? We will also look at how a Medieval Village celebrated Christmas. Our courses at the Queens Mill are very welcoming and really do give beginners the chance and confidence to have their own opinion on our subjects.

Archaeology: The Human Journey View details

We will journey from the deep past into the present as we examine our human origins. Along the way we will examine ancestors such as ‘Lucy’, ‘Peking Man’ and the Neanderthals, and discuss how humans have spread across the globe. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

Archaeology-The Vikings are Coming! Raiders, Invaders, Settlers & Rulers View details

Just the name Vikings conjures up all kinds of thoughts. Bearded invaders wading ashore to plunder the shores of Yorkshire. Or perhaps building a great trading town at Jorvik. Sending great heathen armies out from the north to do battle with Anglo Saxon kings. Our course will look at the impact that the Vikings made as Raiders yes, and invaders too, capturing the good farming lands of Yorkshire. We will look at what we know of everyday life. What do we know about the towns they built, how they used the landscape, what kind of houses did they build? We will look at the Vikings as Traders as well as Raiders, skilled craftspeople who controlled the north for hundreds of years. We will also look at their great power struggles, how the Anglo Saxon Kings unified England only for the Vikings to take it back again. All of this in a convivial atmosphere ideal for beginners in history to feel confident to talk about the past. Questioning and discussing with expert guidance from your tutor.

Architectural Pottery View details

Making outdoor pottery using architectural forms for inspiration.