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We offer an exceptional range of history and culture courses, including; family history and genealogy, art and music appreciation, literature, architecture, religion and philosophy. Our tutors are experts both in their subjects and in drawing parallels with our lives today. Our history and culture classes are active, and you will have opportunities to get involved and develop your research skills. We also offer trips and day schools. (See also – languages and writing)

"Universally Acknowledged" - Looking at Pride and Prejudice View details

Jane Austen called her most popular novel 'my own darling child', little knowing that its 'light and bright and sparkling' plot and characters would be loved and re-imagined for more than two centuries into the future. Our close reading looks at the social settings of 'Pride and Prejudice' and at the way critics, readers, adapters and film directors have found different ways to tell a seemingly simple love story.

"Ye Olde Capital of England" A History of Winchester View details

Winchester is a very beautiful city with a lot of history, not least that it was once the old capital of England. This cours aims to provide interesting and historical information about Winchester it its early years. Join me as we journey back through time in a quest to uncover interesting information and facts about this lovely city. There will be a variety of activities and resources from pictures to fun quizzes on this informative and interesting course.

10 Important Artists - Enfield Branch View details

The broad themes of the course are the cult of celebrity in the art world and objectivity versus subjectivity in art history. The work of celebrated artists will be examined to ascertain whether their reputations are justified. Also the work of less celebrated artists will be examined, with the obvious question "should they be better known?" For example, books on the Renaissance will routinely present Leonardo da Vinci as the "greatest artist" of the period, ignoring many others whose art works are comparable. It is now a cliche but nevertheless true that female artists are excluded from the history, but alongside the women are many men who also should be in the books. A good example of neglected artists is Orazio Gentileschi and his talented daughter Artemisia. The artists will be from all periods of European art, including the 20th century.

19th Century French Literature - Walton and Weybridge Branch View details

The course will chart the development of French literature in the nineteenth century, establishing its historical and literary context. We shall explore issues such as individual and societal identity, the role of love and the use of irony and satire as critical tools. The texts to be studied are: The Red and the Black – Stendhal. Madame Bovary – Flaubert. Colonel Chabert – Balzac. Nana – Zola. Baule de Suif – Maupassant.

7 Ages of Man - Sharing Poetry on Life from Cradle to Grave View details

The famous speech from 'As You Like It' ('All the world's a stage') is our starting point for a study of poems on human life from cradle to grave, and from medieval times to the present day. Students will be given the opportunity to suggest their own favourites, and there will be time for discussion and comparison. Topics week-by-week are as follows: 'The Infant', 'The Schoolboy', 'The Lover', 'The Soldier', 'The Justice', 'The Pantaloon', 'Second Childishness'.

7 Ages of Man: Poetry from Cradle to Grave View details

The famous speech from 'As You Like It' ('All the world's a stage') is our starting point for a study of poems on human life from cradle to grave, and from medieval times to the present day. Students will be given the opportunity to suggest their own favourites, and there will be time for discussion and comparison. Topics week-by-week are as follows: 'The Infant', 'The Schoolboy', 'The Lover', 'The Soldier', 'The Justice', 'The Pantaloon', 'Second Childishness'.

A Closer Look: 12 masterpieces - Enfield Branch View details

Through "slow looking" at a selection of key works, we will learn more about their history and composition, and the techniques and styles used by the artist. We will look into what is innovative or special about them explore how they fit into a particular moment or movement in art history.

A Hidden History of Racial Inequality - Online with Nadia Millinship View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. Have you ever wondered why racism still exists and why so many people of colour that speak of inequalities? Racism is very broad but this course specifically links with the Black Lives Matter Movement. A sample of the 6 week course giving you a summary of events BEFORE slavery, looking at key events within history and the civil rights movement. Looking at influential activists who made changes towards equality and also highlight a system built on inequality. For this course you will need to be open minded and want to educate yourself on racism, privilege, systems and social bias.

A Hidden History of Racial Inequality - Online with Nadia Millinship View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. Have you ever wondered why racism still exists and why so many people of colour that speak of inequalities? Racism is very broad but this course specifically links with the Black Lives Matter Movement. A sample of the 6 week course giving you a summary of events BEFORE slavery, looking at key events within history and the civil rights movement. Looking at influential activists who made changes towards equality and also highlight a system built on inequality. For this course you will need to be open minded and want to educate yourself on racism, privilege, systems and social bias.

A Hidden History of Racial Inequality - Online with Nadia Millinship View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. Have you ever wondered why racism still exists? Are you unsure of why there are so many people of colour that speak of inequalities? Racism is very broad but this course specifically links with the Black Lives Matter Movement. The course will take you on a journey dating back BEFORE slavery, emphasising key events within history and the civil rights movement. Looking at influential activists who made changes towards equality and also highlight a system built on inequality. For this course you will need to be open minded and want to educate yourself on racism, privilege, systems and social bias.