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Christmas Activity - Pom pom decorations View details

This activity is part of our Christmas events. Any equipment or materials list required will be available on Canvas. In this session learn how to make individual Pom Poms from yarn and use your creativity to turn them into festive characters with googly eyes, or use as 'berries' with felt cut out leaves. This session is great for using up pieces of left over yarn from projects and turning them into festive decorations.

Christmas Lecture - Bach: The Christmas Oratorio View details

This lecture is part of our Christmas events. The subject specialist will deliver the lecture, with a limited time at the end for questions. Do you enjoy the music of J.S. Bach? This Lecture will introduce the work of the composer with a focus on his work 'The Christmas Oratorio' BMV 248.

Day School: Introduction to Buddhism View details

Religion has played a highly important part in the lives of human beings. This Study Day is an introduction to one of the great religions of the world, Buddhism. It considers its origins and early historical development and it considers its key beliefs.

Saturday Lecture: Shocking - A History of Art Scandals View details

With an open mind and a critical spirit, we will look at some emblematic art scandals, from Veronese’s Wedding at Cana (1563) and Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin (1605-6), to Serra’s Tilted Arc (1981) and Emin’s My Bed (1998). By studying the works in their context, we will reflect on what caused these controversies, what norms were transgressed, who felt offended and why, and what were the consequences. We will see how transgression and shock progressively became a familiar part of the artistic experinece. We will wonder whether or not such controversies have a positive purpose.

Needle-felted Christmas Baubles View details

A fun and interactive course where you will learn how to make baubles for your Christmas tree out of wool. Learn tips and techniques on how to bring the wool together, shape and form it and add detail to create festive baubles! Understand which needle is best for which part of your work, the different wools and which ones work best for your project. No experience is necessary but you will need basic needle felting materials and tools to complete the piece.

Branch Event: High Art and Low Life: Musical Diversity in 18th Century London View details

Eighteenth-century London witnessed many profound musical and social changes. Beginning with the last works of Purcell, we will trace the century’s astonishing shifts of musical opinion as far as Haydn’s last symphonies, written in London in 1795. From around 1710, the next four decades were dominated by Handel, renowned for his operas and oratorios. Then came the famous Bach–Abel concerts, noted for introducing the very latest symphonies. Finally, in the 1790s, Europe’s most celebrated composer, Joseph Haydn, produced a string of undisputed masterpieces that directly appealed to the tastes of London’s musical connoisseurs. We will also examine the social context in which all this music-making took place. For example, audience riots were frequent and diplomatic relations with continental Europe were often extremely frosty

The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages View details

Captain Cook’s fame largely rests on the three expeditions to the Pacific that he led in the 1760s and 1770s. In addition to their important role in the history of European exploration, they are notable for being the first such voyages to include professional artists among the crew. These artists played a critical role in recording the places visited and the people and flora and fauna encountered on the voyages. But how did they deal with the novel surroundings they experienced? How was their work shaped by Enlightenment ideas of the time? And how did their work go on to shape European understanding of those settings?

Christmas Lecture - Natural history of Christmas View details

This lecture is part of our Christmas events. The subject specialist will deliver the lecture, with a limited time at the end for questions. Have you ever wondered why turkeys don't come from Turkey! This short course will explore the natural history of Christmas and some of the traditions associated with the wild plants and animals of the British countryside. Find out about the tiny moth that lives in the leaves of mistletoe why we kiss under this parasitic plant. The secrets of holly and Ivy, where Christmas trees originally came from. This special time of the year has associations with many familiar animals, discover what reindeer eat and how they find their food in the middle of winter when it is buried under a blanket of snow, and investigate the secret life of the robin.

SWAP Introduction to helping in a school - Pathways View details

A short course to find out how to support children’s learning.

Introduction to helping in a school - Pathways View details

A short course to find out how to support children’s learning.