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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)

Post-Truth - What is it and what does it mean for Literature? View details

The idea that ‘once upon a time’ there was truth and now we live in an era of post-truth is itself a kind of untruth. And yet there is something compelling – ‘truthful’ even - about the claim that the era of the internet has seen the triumph of opinion over fact, subjectivism, and, on a broader scale, the ongoing production of management-speak, corporate lies, marketing hype and virtual realities. If truth has gone missing then what is it or was it, and can we get it back? The course will explore the knotty problem of truth and post-truth, concretely, by discussing in detail a novel by DBC Pierre: Meanwhile in Dopamine City (2020).

Spain 711 to 1485 AD, Archaeology, Architecture and History with Simon Tomson View details

What did the Arabs do for the Iberian Peninsula? What happened to the minorities in the newly conquered communities? Why is it a Catholic country today? This course will look at the history and archaeology of Spain's Arabic past. Major Arabic buildings remain from the four dynastic periods of Arabic rule as do important works of art. The 750 years of Arabic influence have also left enduring linguistic, cultural and genetic footprints in Spain's population and landscape. We shall explore these themes through the existing cultural remains of a once vibrant yet 'foreign' society within medieval Europe.

Spain 711 to 1485 AD, Archaeology, Architecture and History with Simon Tomson View details

What did the Arabs do for the Iberian Peninsula? What happened to the minorities in the newly conquered communities? Why is it a Catholic country today? This course will look at the history and archaeology of Spain's Arabic past. Major Arabic buildings remain from the four dynastic periods of Arabic rule as do important works of art. The 750 years of Arabic influence have also left enduring linguistic, cultural and genetic footprints in Spain's population and landscape. We shall explore these themes through the existing cultural remains of a once vibrant yet 'foreign' society within medieval Europe.

The Birth of the Victorian Age View details

When the 18-year-old Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Britain was the world's most powerful nation. It was a time of rapid industrial, technological and scientific change. The population grew and Towns expanded bringing with it horrendous conditions in which many people lived and worked. The nations archaic political system was strained to its limits. All this occurred against the shadow of revolution where the future of the monarchy was not guaranteed. This was the Birth of the Victorian Age, Britain 1830 -1850.

The Russo-Japanese War 1904/05 View details

In 1904 Russian and Japanese expansionism in Manchuria and Korea resulted in war. It was a conflict that Russia fully expected to win. In the event, Russia was defeated on land and most emphatically at sea. The modernisation of Japan gathering pace since the mid-C19th lay at the heart of the victory. Nonetheless, with reserves of men and money dwindling fast, the Japanese Government was happy to accept Theodore Roosevelt's offer of mediation culminating in the Treaty of Portsmouth of 1905. The consequences were of great significance not just in East Asia but also in Europe as Russian attention re-focused on her Balkan interests.

Christmas Lecture - Food & feasting in art 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. Christmas is historically a time for feasting and celebrations, in large part because it occurs in the middle of the dark and cold days of winter, so a mid-season celebration with lots of food and drink helped spur people on towards the spring. In this talk we will look at how food and feasting is depicted in paintings, and hopefully help us through the dark days of winter as well!

Taster: Reading for Wellbeing View details

This taster introduces you to the benefits of Reading for Wellbeing. Using a variety of short extracts from fiction, we'll use the stories as a way in to see what resonates for you personally, as a way to understand yourself more as the fictional worlds may hint at something you want to bring your attention to. The tutor will share resources including recommendations for reading on related wellbeing themes.

Christmas Food View details

A look at Christmas food through the ages, from medieval feasting through Victorian splendour to the present day, with a brief stop when Cromwell tried to ban Christmas. On the way we'll look at how to make gingerbread, how the Turkey reached England (while feeling very glad that it's less ferocious than a wild boar), what went into a Real Mince Pie, and why crackers were originally food, plus some hints on how to keep children quiet in church.

The Great Way West: Brunel’s West Country Railway from Paddington to Falmouth View details

Join us for a fascinating short talk delivered by guest speaker Tom Bowden AMICE, Bridging the Tamar Visitor Centre Volunteer This short talk is delivered on Zoom so you can enjoy it from your desk or the comfort of your sofa during your lunch break. Join Tom on a whistle stop tour, starting in Bristol we discover how Brunel eventually got his railway into Paddington. We will follow the route to Exeter, along the ‘atmospheric’ sea wall to Plymouth eventually crossing the Tamar into Cornwall.

The History of Festival Foods View details

Do you wonder where mince pies, plum pudding or Ashura (Noah's pudding) originated? We will briefly explore the history of foods traditionally associated with festivals, looking in particular at festivals being celebrated in December this year. This will be an informative and entertaining look at our love of celebrating festivals with food,