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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)

“A Rude and Heady People”: The North of England in the Tudor Era View details

Were the people of the north of England, a large geographical area stretching from Berwick upon Tweed to York, really that difficult to govern, so different from people in other areas of the country and so uncivilised as the quotation suggests? Who led then? Who spoke for them? Which issues concerned them at the time? How did they react to change in the Tudor era and with what results? Who rose to favour or fell from favour and what about the population as a whole? Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable course to explore answers to these and many other questions.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

70 Years that Transformed Britain - 1637-1707 View details

In 70 years the British political world is turned upside down. One King is publicly executed and his second son flees into exile after the last successful foreign invasion of these isles. By the end of this period, Parliament is politically dominant, Protestantism is in the ascendancy, Ireland is a colony and a new political entity - Britain - has been created. None of this was inevitable. So whilst this course looks at what happened and why, it also examines movements that did not succeed. The political radicals - Levellers, Diggers- the messianic religious groups - the Ranters and Shakers - and try and see them in their own light. Whilst these 70 years are amongst the important decades in British history, dynamism is not limited to politics. With great literature - Paradise Lost, Pilgrim's Progress, Restoration comedies - pioneering science - Newton, Hooke, Royal Society - and fascinating insight into day to day life - Pepys Diaries,-this is history that resonates down the ages

A Man of Character - Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge View details

'The Mayor of Casterbridge' presents the reader with a gripping tale, and also with many of the themes - love, loss, regret - that characterise his poetry in later years. This course is a chance to explore both in depth, against the background of an extraordinary life lived at a time of rapid change.

A Restless Nation: Riot and Disorder in the South View details

A peaceful nation with an established order in which everyone knew their place, or a nation in which riot, disorder and popular protest were not uncommon events? This course looks at the long history of popular discontent and disturbance in England and how, why and where people massed to air their grievances. Religion, wages, work and food disturbances and many more reasons both nationally and locally why, and where our ancestors took to the streets. Who was involved, and what were the outcomes. The English were revolting, or were they just protesting and, if so why?

A Selection of Great American Poets View details

Join us in discovering some of the greatest of American poetry. We will study Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and more.

Afrikan History - Beginners View details

This course is unconventional, in that it focuses on Africa at its zenith. A time when Africa influenced the world. We look at the various stages in history when Africans from different parts of the continent, were leaders in warfare, trade and exploration and innovation. This is the untold story of the skill, ingenuity and technical mastery of women and men from the continent and those in the diaspora. This is the story of Africa that you wont find in most schools and colleges or conventional history books. Central to the course is a focus on the ancient civilisations of East, West, and South Africa. Finally with classes including Sociology , Psychology, Media and Nutrition, we look at the impact on the physical mental and psychological health of 'Black' people.

Ancient Egypt: The Formative Years View details

How did ancient Egypt develop? What preceded the pyramids? In this course we answer these questions and more as we trace the progression of peoples in Egypt from the first established settlements in the Nile Valley to unification. We look at early archaeology, writing, art and artefacts investigating both cultural development and political dynamics. We journey through the process of state formation in Egypt, exploring the transition from a pre-pharaonic neolithic culture to a historic civilization and divine kingship. We conclude with Early Dynastic Egypt, the large-scale pharaonic tombs at Abydos and the development of advanced administration that paves the way for the Old Kingdom.

And Before Shakespeare......The Mystery Plays View details

It sometimes seems as if the explosion of drama onto the Elizabethan stage sprang fully formed from nowhere. But, of course, as Shakespeare himself observed, nothing will come of nothing. There is imput from classical and contemporary European drama, but England too had a rich and developing history of drama, before theatre. Starting from a religious base, simple bible tales were transformed into realistic, and often comic, drama. Gradually invented stories commenting satirically on the original appear, then allegorical plays and and by the sixteenth century plays produced simply for entertainment. The day will be based on a play from one of the cycles of mystery plays and the more ambitious Second Shepherds’ Pageant from the Wakefield plays. The day will begin with a 2 hour session, followed by a lunch break and two one and a half our sessions with a tea break.