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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)

"The Auden Group": Poetry of the 1930s View details

1930s poetry was characterised by its engagement with the political challenge to liberal democracy in the run-up to WW2. The course explores, through discussion and analysis, a small selection of work by Auden, Spender, MacNeice and Day Lewis, known collectively as The Auden Group, who wrote in the hope that poetry could effect change.

"Whatever happened to Leicester's History?" View details

We will be looking at Leicester at various stages of its history and trying to understand why, walking around the town today, so little of this has been preserved. Starting with Roman times through to the "modernisation" vogue during the 1960s and 70s we will attempt to build up a picture of what has vanished over the centuries and also try to establish reasons for this apparently blatant disregard for the town's heritage. We will also try to build up some mental "snapshots" of the town at various stages in its development and recent study moves to place a lot more emphasis on the town's past.

10 British people who made history View details

This ten week course is about ten randomly selected individuals from the history of the British Isles that have left their mark on the historical development of the UK. The figures we will consider along with their qualities are: Boudicca, Edward I, Tyndale, Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, Nelson, Wellington, Aneurin Bevan, Churchill, and Thatcher.

19th Century Classical Song View details

This 5-week course will provide an introduction to the 19th century Classical Song, exploring the European "art song" genre, including the German 'lied' (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss) ; the French 'mélodie' (Berlioz, Fauré, Duparc, Chausson); and the Italian Art Song (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti).

20th Century Art Movements View details

The 20th century saw a proliferation of new art movements, many of which still have the power to shock and provoke today. Explore the development of art movements such as Cubism and Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art through close study of the artists and the works that shaped the 20th century.

20th Century British Art and Design View details

British 20c art is as complex and contradictory as British history, responding to international art, retreating to the English landscape. Course themes include responses to the horror of WWI, quirky English Surrealism and elegiac Neo-Romanticism. We end with Lucien Freud’s painterly nudes and David Hockney in 1960s America.

A Beginner's Guide to Archaeology View details

Seen archaeological excavations in the news? Want to know more about how archaeology works? This course is for you. We will look at how archaeologists know where to dig, what methods they use, how they know how old something is, and more. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

A History of India View details

The course will begin by looking closely at the affairs of northern India and make some assessment of the continuation of the Gurjara Rajput dynasties. We will analyse the character of the other regional kingdoms across India by the same period, including the emergence of Hoysala empire of the southern Deccan, the Kakatiya dynasty and the continuation and eventual decline of the Chalukya dynasties. We will also go on to look at the continuation, expansion and final decline of the Chola of the Tamil south, looking in detail at their administration and reasons for their extended prosperity. We will also consequently consider why no dynasty was able to create a single hegemony across the subcontinent, before making some detailed assessment of the emergence and importance of the Sultanate of Delhi and the subsequent later evolution of Hinduism, temple patronage as well as a sustained cultural Indian influence across the wider region of south-east Asia.

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands View details

Brian Holmshaw is leading a series of short walks for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The five sessions will each investigate a different park or wood in the city through site visit. Tuesday afternoons, 2.00-4.00pm for 5 weeks from 23 April to 21 May 2018 with the first session being held at Wincobank Undenominational Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands View details

Brian Holmshaw is leading a series of short walks for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The five sessions will each investigate a different park or wood in the city through site visit. Thursday evenings, 18.00-20.00 for 5 weeks from 25 April to 23 May 2018 with the first session being held at Wincobank Undenominational Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course