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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)

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.

British Cinema of the Sixties View details

Explore how film developed as an industry and an art form in the United Kingdom in the course of the ‘long 60s’ through the work of six directors, native to Britain or resident here during the period.

Comfort & Joy View details

Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Operas remain very popular and form part of the national culture. In this course we shall be examining the operas within their cultural and theatrical contexts. Along the way we will be looking at the lives and careers of G & S. We will look at Sullivan's non-Savoy music and Gilbert's ballads and plays. We will also be looking at the history of the D'Oyly carte company and hearing some very early recordings of the operas. I hope all this will deepen an understanding of some delightful music which is occasionally taken for granted and misunderstood

Comfort and Joy View details

The modern Christmas is a great gathering together of habits, rituals, practices; some are very old and some very recent. In this light- hearted course we will examine why we celebrate Christmas as we do. Amongst other things we will look at the history of Christmas carols, why we bring greenery into the house, light candles and generally let off steam at this time of year.Along the way we will explore the effect Charles Dickens had on the celebrations, examine some Christmas films and analyse the changing design of Christmas cards..There will be plenty of opportunity for you to discuss family habits and customs. This is a splendid opportunity for you to get into the Christmas spirit!

Comfort and Joy: The History of Christmas View details

The modern Christmas is a great gathering together of habits, rituals, practices; some are very old and some very recent. In this light- hearted course we will examine why we celebrate Christmas as we do. Amongst other things we will look at the history of Christmas carols, why we bring greenery into the house, light candles and generally let off steam at this time of year.Along the way we will explore the effect Charles Dickens had on the celebrations, examine some Christmas films and analyse the changing design of Christmas cards..There will be plenty of opportunity for you to discuss family habits and customs. This is a splendid opportunity for you to get into the Christmas spirit!

Day School - An Introduction to Islam View details

This course will look at the beliefs and practices of the world’s fastest growing religion. Why is the Prophet Muhammad known as 'The Seal of the Prophets?' Is the Qur'an the only source of authority? Why is modesty in dress and living a halal lifestyle so important? What is the role of women in Islam? To discover the answers to these questions and explore many more areas of this Abrahamic faith; join us for an exploration into Islam.

Day School - Sowing Conflict in the Middle East View details

The seeds of today's conflicts that dominate the Middle East were sown in the early 19th century. They were the result of Europe's great powers expanding their spheres of influence in exploiting the desire for nationalism amongst the many individual territories of the rapidly collapsing Ottoman Empire.

Day School: A Christmas Miscellany View details

A collection of Christmas readings from a variety of sources delivered by Mark Mitchels

Day School: Art and Revolution View details

A number of exhibitions in 2017 showed works of art which reflected the Russian Revolution. This day course initially focuses on the influence of earlier revolution in America and France before exploring that of 1917 and the civil war which followed. Nearly 50 years before the 1917 Revolution, a revolution assured in Russian visual arts. At the same time as the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s, a group of radical young Russian artists, known as the Wanderers, started a revolt against the art establishment. They were committed to the people and paved the way for the even more radical movements to follow in the 20th century, when the Russian avant-garde and the Revolution of 1917 saw the pioneering of new forms of artistic expression.

Day School: Haydn in England View details

England was a land of opportunity for a great composer like Haydn, who remarked that he only became truly well known in his native Austria after returning from two lengthy spells in London during the 1790s. This course will draw upon a considerable body of documentary evidence and musical examples to tell the story of how Haydn's time in England made him into the most successful composer of his age. With the twelve great symphonies composed expressly for English sensibilities, this medium came of age. Haydn's experiences in London were vital to the subsequent development of the piano trio, piano sonata, oratorio and sacred music. Haydn was naturally curious, and he travelled quite extensively, making many penetrating observations on English manners and customs. His colourful public and private life will be covered by making reference to his letters and notebooks, which, among other things, allude to possible physical intimacy with the widow of the former Master of the King's Music.