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**MEMBERSHIP 20/21**
Start Date: 1st September 2020
The REC provides educational, social and recreational opportunities aimed at over 50s. Become a member to take advantage of all that we have to offer! 
*DAY MEMBERSHIP*
Start Date: 1st September 2020
One day membership for day courses
Models and Muses 1.45-3.45
Start Date: 14th September 2020
We will discover individuals who have been the catalyst for some of the most famous artists’ careers, and look at their own lives and careers.
Drawing & Painting for Fun
Start Date: 14th September 2020
A variety of easy-to-master techniques using a wide range of media will introduce you to different ways of making an image.
Rothsay Ramblers
Start Date: 14th September 2020
The Ramblers offer a programme of walks on Monday mornings all year around, including during the REC holiday periods. Every Monday there are two 5-mile walks, or alternately a 3 or 4 mile walk, with occasional longer walks.
French Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 14th September 2020
Students in this class will have learnt some French before; they will for example have done 4 years or so of part-time study or will have done their O Level (or A Level) some time ago.
Classical Guitar (Starts at 10.15)
Start Date: 14th September 2020
Ensemble playing forms a large part of what we do; the combination of several relatively simple parts provides a fun way to learn, and enjoy, the classical guitar.
French Advanced (1.30-3.30)
Start Date: 14th September 2020
This course is aimed at those who have studied French previously and are able to cope fairly fluently in a variety of situations.
*MEMBERSHIP - AUTUMN TERM*
Start Date: 14th September 2020
Membership for the Autumn term only
Making Music with the Recorder
Start Date: 15th September 2020
The Recorder Ensemble is a friendly group of players who enjoy exploring works of composers from the 13th century to the present day.
Memoir Writing
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Do you want to write your life story but you need a push to get started? Then this course is for you.
Constantine and the Triumph of Christianity
Start Date: 15th September 2020
By endorsing Christianity after his conversion in 312AD Constantine dramatically changed the fortunes of the Christian minority; he ended persecution, legitimised their religion and declared religious freedom for all.
German Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This class is for students who have a good knowledge of the language and are reasonably confident in all skills.
Italian Absolute Beginners (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Aimed at absolute beginners. As well as the language, you will learn about the culture, customs and traditions.
The Nature and Existence of God
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This course is concerned above all with the statement “God exists”. “God exists” is an instance of religious language, which the course considers briefly to begin with.
Ukelele for Beginners
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This course will introduce students to the ukulele, a small, easy to learn stringed instrument, that has been enjoying a massive revival in interest over the last few years.
Italian Improvers
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This course helps you build on skills already learnt, introducing new language and grammar structures in a lively way.
German Improvers (1pm-3pm)
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Ideally you will need 2 – 3 years previous study for this course. The group is friendly, relaxed and welcoming.
Art by Zoom
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This will be a mish mash of small lectures, quizzes, mini demonstrations, coffee and fun! 
Italian Advanced
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is aimed at learners with a reasonable knowledge of Italian who want to extend their competence and study the language in greater depth
The Russians are Coming: The Beginnings of Russian Literature
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course will give a background to the development of Russian literature and discuss its particular characteristics.
From Affluence to Turbulence: Britain in the 1960s and 1970s
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course examines a period of both enormous change and conservatism as revolutions by stealth occur in many fields in this this new Elizabethan Age.
Drawing for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 16th September 2020
A complete basic drawing course for total beginners or those who really do believe they cannot draw.
French Conversation - Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2020
The level required for this conversation class is intermediate; the aim is to become able to understand and take part in everyday conversation.
French Improvers
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is aimed at those who have completed about 3 years part-time study.
Genealogy and Family History
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This ten-week course starts with the basics of genealogy and is designed to teach you the skills to effectively trace your ancestors, particularly those in Bedfordshire. It starts with how to obtain genealogy records such as baptism, marriage and death records, and then how to use these records to build your own birth chart and…
Italian Beginners Plus (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course stresses the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, speak, read and write simple Italian when going abroad on holidays.
Spanish Improvers (12.15-1.45)
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is for students who have some knowledge of Spanish and wish to progress learning the language.
Developing Imagination
Start Date: 16th September 2020
Examples and demonstrations of watercolour and some mixed media techniques will be used to introduce broad themes which students will be encouraged to interpret in their own way.
Italian Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is designed for anyone who would like to brush up or extend their basic knowledge of the language.
Geoscientists and their influence on Modern Science
Start Date: 16th September 2020
In this lecture series we will be looking at different geoscientists each week and how their work has influenced scientific thinking and the modern world.
History of China
Start Date: 16th September 2020
We look at the turbulent history of China from the Shang dynasty to the last – the Qing, which was followed by the Republic of China, and after the second World War, which was traumatic for the country, the People’s Republic of China.
French Conversation Higher Intermediate to Advanced
Start Date: 17th September 2020
This class requires a very good to advanced level of French. Vous devez parler couramment ou presque! The group is very friendly and has ‘un sens de l’humour très développé’.
French for Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Bonjour all! This course will suit you if you are a beginner in the language or already know a little bit of French.
Spanish Advanced Conversation
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Is your Spanish a bit rusty? Ven a nuestra clase a practicarlo. No importa que lo hallas olvidado un poco, pronto lo recordaras.
Living Life Twice: Exploring Life through Diaries and Journals 1660-1950
Start Date: 17th September 2020
From rural parsons to Samuel Pepys, to Mass Observation, the lives and customs of Britain have been the subject of intimate record. Explore why we feel the urge to record our lives; and is it true that ‘people who keep journals have life twice’ (writer and diarist Mary Jessamyn West)?
Watercolour and Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Based on a similar format to the TV series Watercolour Challenge, students will be given a series of different topics throughout the year, with the tutor offering practical advice.
Making of Architectural Masterpieces II
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Discover and discuss 10 key buildings, their controversies, importance and influences.
Spanish Absolute Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Learn new vocabulary and basic grammar in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
In the News
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Interested in current news? Enjoy lively debate? Then this is the class for you.
Singing for Pleasure Choir
Start Date: 18th September 2020
After a few vocal warm-ups, sing along with some easy songs and songs in parts.
Tai Chi
Start Date: 18th September 2020
Improve your stamina, balance and flexibility
German Lower Intermediate
Start Date: 18th September 2020
If you have a good foundation in German, this fun and friendly class way will help you improve.
Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 18th September 2020
With step-by-step demonstrations and full instruction this course will suit beginners as well as more experienced artists.
Pilates
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles and rebalancing the body.
Pilates
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles and rebalancing the body.
German Conversation
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A good level of fluency is necessary for this relaxed and friendly class where the emphasis is on conversation and participation.
Why Beethoven?
Start Date: 18th September 2020
What is it that gives Beethoven such totemic status? Is a composer who only just outlived Napoleon still relevant today?
Body Aware
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A great way to start exercise or to improve any level of fitness.
German Beginners Plus
Start Date: 18th September 2020
Practice your existing knowledge of German in a friendly and relaxed group.
Spanish Advanced
Start Date: 22nd September 2020
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for a few years and have obtained at least A level.
Spanish Intermediate (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 22nd September 2020
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for 2-3 years up to GCSE level.
Pastels
Start Date: 2nd November 2020
The course will be aimed at those who have little or no experience of using pastels. We will experiment in a variety of drawing and blending techniques, then develop those techniques to replicate copies of paintings done by well-known artists.
Five Economic Events That Shook the World
Start Date: 2nd November 2020
We will look at five key global Economic events that have had a significant impact on the UK and the world, such as the Wall Street Crash, the collapse of the Berlin wall and the globalisation that followed it, the 2008 Global financial crisis and the OPEC oil price shock of 1973
Beginners Guide to Classical Physics & Quantum Physics
Start Date: 3rd November 2020
This course, for the mathematically-innocent, will give you a flavour of the weird logic that governs the behaviour of light and matter at the sub-atomic level.
Nordic Noir
Start Date: 3rd November 2020
This course will introduce three female writers: Karin Fossum, Anne Holt and Camilla Läckberg. We will discuss their plots, characters and choice of setting.
An Introduction to Nietzsche
Start Date: 5th November 2020
Focusing on Thus Spake Zarathustra, this course will explore some of Nietzsche's main ideas as well as the influence they have had.
Testaments
Start Date: 5th November 2020
The Testaments, a joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, continues the story of some characters from The Handmaid's Tale in a dystopian and misogynistic world. The novel raises sometimes shocking questions, and through our discussions, our goal is to find some answers.
Aristotle
Start Date: 6th November 2020
Aristotle was described by Dante as 'the master of those who know'.
At Home with the Ancient Greeks
Start Date: 6th November 2020
Learn about ancient Athenian houses and homes, about aspects of their economy, the distinctive roles of Greek men and women and how childhood was experienced.
History of Hampton Court Gardens: From Royal Bowling Green to Three Men in a Boat!
Start Date: 7th November 2020
Join us for a fascinating insight into scandal, sex, madness, art, literature and of course, gardens!
Cathedral Architecture
Start Date: 7th November 2020
This course presents not so much a survey but a toolkit for making sense of what you see, both aesthetically and structurally.
Bridge: Strong Hands
Start Date: 7th November 2020
This session is designed to give you more confidence when bidding, playing and defending slams and hands with long suits.
Killing One Person to Save Five: the trolley problem in ethics
Start Date: 7th November 2020
This course is best described by quoting an account of a recent book by David Edmonds - 'Would You Kill the Fat Man?' Click on 'More details' to find out more!
Pot Pourri of Birds
Start Date: 11th November 2020
Students help choose the content of this special course. Choosing from a wide selection of common and well-known British species we will explore each in turn and aim to discover some of the most recent information available - prepared to be surprised!
*MEMBERSHIP - SPRING TERM*
Start Date: 4th January 2021
Membership for the Spring term only
Classical Mythology: A Literary and Visual Tour through the Authors
Start Date: 4th January 2021
Classical Mythology is full of weird and wonderful events and stories.  Everyone knows a couple of these (the Minotaur, the Cyclops, Arachne and her spinning competition with Athne etc) but in this course we will be travelling down less well-known paths
Sound and Light
Start Date: 4th January 2021
This ten-week course will examine the physics behind these two fundamental phenomena which are so important in our everyday lives.  The first five sessions will concentrate on Sound: 1. What is sound? 2. Sound waves 3. Musical instruments 4. The Ear and Voice  5. Digital sound
Masterpieces by Women Artists I
Start Date: 4th January 2021
Taking a close look at some of the most famous works by women artists such as Gentileschi, Beale, Ruysch, Kauffman, Vigee-Le-Brun, Bonheur, Fontana, Leyster, Moser, and Thompson.
Art by Zoom
Start Date: 5th January 2021
As the title says this is art with a difference as the course is delivered by Zoom. There will be the opportunity to paint in a variety of media, to learn new techniques and to develop personal style.
Age of Empires, 1880-1914
Start Date: 5th January 2021
The final part of our history of the long nineteenth century (1789-1914), the era in which modern Britain took shape. This course will take a thematic approach to examine the social, political and economic changes that affected Britain.
Forgotten Christians: Christian Churches of the Orient
Start Date: 5th January 2021
The Christian Church was 'Oriental' long before it became 'European'. For centuries the Eastern churches far surpassed the Latin West in numbers, scholarship and artistic achievement. After the Arab conquest (7th.c.) they became a disadvantaged minority, ceased to thrive, and were discounted, even forgotten, in the West, coming back into view only very recently when they are threatened with extinction.
The Problem of Evil
Start Date: 5th January 2021
The existence of evil in the world provides the principal (philosophical) grounds to question God’s existence.  This course is an introduction to the problem of evil.    It will consider the problem and some varieties of the problem and an influential response which has been made to one variety of the problem by the American philosopher, Alvin Plantinga. 
DNA: Secret of Life
Start Date: 5th January 2021
DNA is the genetic material in eggs and sperm which enables animals and plants to leave behind offspring. The full story only became known in the 1960s; we are some of the first people to have grown up with the discovery. The molecule in solution adopts a form (a double helix) which has become iconic.
Legal Fictions: Charles Dickens’ Bleak House and Anthony Trollope’s Orley Farm
Start Date: 6th January 2021
In this course we will examine these novels in relation to their presentation of the workings of the legal system before reforms were made leading to the Judicature Acts of 1873 and 1875.
Coloured Pencils for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 6th January 2021
Through a series of structured exercises and step-by-step demonstrations David will introduce you to this versatile medium and explain the various techniques needed. A full variety of subjects will be covered including wildlife, floral and still life. No previous experience is necessary and a list of basic inexpensive materials will be provided before the start of the course.
Romanovs to Revolution
Start Date: 6th January 2021
Focusing on aspects of Russia’s colourful and turbulent history from Ivan the Terrible, through the reigns of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great the course will conclude with the fall of the last Czar, Nicholas II, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
DNA: Genetic Genealogy
Start Date: 6th January 2021
This course aims to help you develop your understanding of how to interpret genealogical DNA test results, and explores what other tools you can use to expand your research further.
The Plantagenets
Start Date: 6th January 2021
The Plantagenets, originally French, were the most dysfunctional yet longest ruling dynasty of this country. The story is full of treachery and violence but was also the most transformative period of British history, and we will hear the whole story, warts and all.
General Studies
Start Date: 6th January 2021
An assortment of subjects – each week a different speaker and topic covering everything from Popular Culture to Quantum Mechanics. The ideal course for those new to the REC and anyone likely to be absent for a few sessions.
Shakespeare, The Sonnets
Start Date: 7th January 2021
Described as the most perfect love poems in the language, Shakespeare’s sonnets tell a story of desire, longing, joy, frustration, jealousy and even despair.
Germany: How did it both reflect and change the course of the 20th Century?
Start Date: 7th January 2021
Germany has played a major role in world history since its birth in 1871. Its development and expansion under the Kaisers led to conflicts which culminated in the outbreak of World War One. The new German “Weimar” Republic got off to a very shaky start and, while some stability returned, it was haunted by crises.
Victorian Poetry & Prose
Start Date: 7th January 2021
What did the Victorians read?  In the first part of this course, we discuss some examples of English Victorian poems written by some famous men and women to gain an appreciation of what these writers had to offer.  We shall then analyse some well-known novellas of this period.
Re-imagining Egypt 50BC to Present Day
Start Date: 7th January 2021
Ancient Egypt has provided inspiration from the Romans to the 21st century. We will look at how and why it has proved to be such a fertile source for artists, architects, designers and film makers.   
Literature of Love
Start Date: 7th January 2021
Love has inspired some of the greatest literary works and this course will look at a variety of texts to explore the huge variety of views and experiences. Each session will focus on a particular idea or method – ‘the sonnet’, ‘Proposals’, ‘first love’ etc – and we will look at all three genre. The…
Sex & the Garden
Start Date: 7th January 2021
From the biology of pollens and stamens via love potions and lures, to 17th century poetry and 20th century novels, explorations of ancient myth of lust and entrapment and an insight into flower meanings.
Poetry
Start Date: 8th January 2021
This course uses poetry, both in themes and combinations, which will hopefully start interesting discussions so everyone can contribute. We try to find a middle way between the impenetrable and the superficial, reading poets we can all enjoy but also examine.
The English Musical Renaissance
Start Date: 8th January 2021
England was the “Land without Music” for decades, but the late 19th Century saw a remarkable resurgence in music written by English (British, really!) composers.
Stoicism and Epicureanism
Start Date: 8th January 2021
During the late Greek and Roman period, two main approaches to Philosophy were developed and disseminated. Both Epicureanism and Stoicism were responses to difficult times, and both have continued to exert a potent influence on later generations.
Intermediate Pilates
Start Date: 8th January 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles.  This is a more challenging class for those who have done Pilates for at least 2 years.
Improver Pilates
Start Date: 8th January 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles. This class is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of Pilates.
Singing for Pleasure Choir
Start Date: 8th January 2021
The sessions will consist of a few vocal warm-ups, some easy songs to sing along to and songs in parts which will be taught in a call and response format.
Galileo’s Achievements in Physics
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
Galileo was one of the first scientists to write books for non-specialists wanting to improve their understanding of the physical world. He urges his readers to think carefully and logically.
The Emperor Nero
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
The British Museum is planning an exhibition on the emperor Nero, to run from November 2020 until the end of March 2021.  This course is intended as preparation or follow up for those who intend to go along.
Making Art on an iPad
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
The digital age has certainly arrived for artists with the introduction of a large number of apps enabling anybody to produce great paintings or drawings on their tablet. The amazing scope of the medium was finally appreciated through the work of David Hockney.
Why is That Statue There?
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
Take a stroll through nearly any park or garden and you will come face to face (or face to knee!)- with a statue! Whether crisp white stone or grey lead, or sadly green. But why are they there and what do they signify?  Are they merely decorative or are they trying to tell you something?
House History
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
No two buildings are the same - they are as individual as you and me - and often have fascinating stories to tell.  Researching the history of your house can reveal your building’s unique past, including information on when it was built, by whom, and who owned the land beforehand.
Van Gogh
Start Date: 23rd January 2021
What is there left to say about Van Gogh? A genius who transformed modern art and gave us vibrant, thrilling, unforgettable images. And that’s the trouble. Van Gogh has become so institutionalised that we have ceased to look at him. We love the myth but we don’t know the man.
A History of Daffodils in Art, Culture and Gardens
Start Date: 13th February 2021
The harbingers of spring celebrated in poetry and literature from Shakespeare to Wordsworth, and allowed to run wild through our gardens. Escapees line the lanes of the West Country where the cut flower industry brought pure ‘Scilly White’ golden Soleil D'Or from the Isles of Scilly and the Cornish hillsides to the flower arrangement of city dwellers
Bridge: Defence
Start Date: 13th February 2021
This course is designed to improve your  understanding and techniques when defending contracts - which we do in approximately half of our games
Mindfulness
Start Date: 13th February 2021
Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” There is much research supporting the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, among them:-- Encouraging deep relaxation and feelings of peace
The Latin Poetry of Catullus
Start Date: 13th February 2021
Catullus was one of the most versatile of all Roman poets. Most famous now for his love poems, he also wrote mythological epics, biting satire, and playful poems of friendship. This course is for those with enough Latin to relish some guided translation and appreciation of a selection of Catullus’ verses, considered in the context of his life and times
It’s in the Post: Reading Greek and Latin Letters
Start Date: 22nd February 2021
Letter writing was well established among the Greek and Roman middle classes by the end of the 4th century BC.  Much can be gleaned about their social history, their private passions and grievances, the expectations of the political and ruling classes, and the development of the languages themselves.
Applied Economics
Start Date: 22nd February 2021
This introductory course will look at some basic economic theory in the first part of each week and then, after the break, look at current economic issues in the news to which we can apply that theory. For example, what are the economic forces behind Greek tobacco producers switching to the growth of stavia, a zero-calorie sugar substitute?
Pastels
Start Date: 22nd February 2021
The course will deal with more in-depth investigations into landscape and still life painting with pastels.  We will investigate techniques for rendering skies, mixing mark making and blending to achieve interesting surfaces and colour mixing
Birds: The Good and The Bad
Start Date: 23rd February 2021
In this short course we will examine some of Britain's declining species of birds and try to discover the reasons.
Advanced Family History
Start Date: 24th February 2021
This course is designed for students who have attended the genealogy, family and house history courses previously and is an opportunity to bring in any genealogy, family and house history research you are undertaking yourself and seek help and guidance, particularly if you have come across a stumbling block or can’t find the records you are looking for
William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
Start Date: 25th February 2021
This book is one of the classics of twentieth century writing. It laid the ground for a psychological approach to understanding religion.
Death & the Garden
Start Date: 25th February 2021
Drawing in aspects of horticulture, literature, social history, and philosophy this short course will explore the ways in which gardens represent a ‘fatal attraction’.
Treasures of the Higgins II
Start Date: 26th February 2021
Our local museum and gallery have exceptional collections on a very wide range of topics: social history, art and crafts of many periods and genres, history, archaeology, and local history, for example. During our five Friday mornings we shall spend some time exploring the Higgins on site, and some back at the REC.
Food and Fruit in Art of Northern Europe 1500-1800
Start Date: 20th March 2021
Ever looked at a canvas piled high with fruits and cheese, glasses filled with amber liquids and plates of pewter spilling their wares, and wondered what it was all about?
Bernini’s Rome
Start Date: 20th March 2021
Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a 17th century architect, sculptor and painter of tremendous versatility; indeed, his project was the fusion of the arts. We shall explore a wealth of examples of all three media, often combined together in the buildings of Baroque Rome.
Bridge: Competetive Bidding
Start Date: 20th March 2021
This course will run in a similar way to other bridge Saturday courses this year, using Zoom, BBO and Whatsapp with some worksheets issued in advance.  It will be at the early intermediate level and may consider hand evaluation, overcalling, responding, levels of fit and doubling - and any other topics proposed by the participants.
Introduction to Pen & Ink Drawing
Start Date: 20th March 2021
This course will introduce you to the various techniques, including cross-hatching, stippling and wash, required to produce your own art which could be used in sketchbooks, journals or paintings.
*MEMBERSHIP - SUMMER TERM*
Start Date: 19th April 2021
Membership for the Summer term only
Economics for Non-Economists
Start Date: 19th April 2021
This course is for those who have no economic knowledge but would like some. We will look at basic economic principles such as demand and supply and how markets work.
Pastels
Start Date: 19th April 2021
The course will concentrate upon more individual pieces based upon individual source material.  Participants will be able to develop a more individual style of working, developing skills and techniques learnt during the previous sessions.  Participants who are new to pastels will be supported throughout the sessions.
An Outbreak of Talent
Start Date: 19th April 2021
Enid Marx, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious, Barbara Hepworth, and Barnett Freedman all attended the Royal College of Art at the same time. We will explore the lives and careers of the cohort their tutor, Paul Nash, described as ‘an outbreak of talent’, and who influenced painting, sculpture and design in Britain from the 20th century until the present day.
De Gaulle & Petain: Struggling for the Soul of France
Start Date: 20th April 2021
During the years 1940-44 two soldiers claimed to be leaders of the 'real' France; each was projected by his partisans as the embodiment of the true French identity. Famously de Gaulle had 'a certain idea of France'; what was it, and in what ways did it differ from that of Petain's 'Regenerated France'?
Art by Zoom
Start Date: 20th April 2021
As the title says this is art with a difference as the course is delivered by Zoom. There will be the opportunity to paint in a variety of media, to learn new techniques and to develop personal style
Introduction to Islam and Islamic Philosophy
Start Date: 20th April 2021
Islam is one of the great religions of the world.   This course is an introduction to Islam:   its birth and early historical development,   its key text and beliefs,  its ethics and religious duties,  and its main mystical element.
Hidden Engineering: The Beauty Beneath the Skin
Start Date: 20th April 2021
Once a building is finished, each visitor is happy enough to form his/her own impression of it.  But the work of the engineers continues invisibly to support that structure, whether it be Ancient, Medieval or Modern.
The Edwardian Novel: Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives Tale and HG Wells’ Kipps
Start Date: 21st April 2021
The Edwardian literary scene was quite diverse with some writers still writing in the realist mode of the nineteenth century, whereas others were experimenting with new forms as the impact of modernity was felt in all aspects of life.
Watercolour for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 21st April 2021
Watercolour is an extremely popular medium for artists but it can be one of the trickiest to master. Many people would like to try it but are daunted by the prospect of joining a class where others may be more experienced. David is an experienced tutor at the Centre and believes that the early stages of teaching the medium require a lot of demonstrations and hands-on help that is not always possible in the more experienced classes.
The Slave Trade in the Caribbean
Start Date: 21st April 2021
 The history of the slave trade is one of barbarism and brutality, through which individuals and countries became enormously rich. We trace this brutal tale in detail, with the struggles for freedom and justice. 
European Film Studies
Start Date: 21st April 2021
Over 5 weeks we shall look at some of the most acclaimed films from the continent from the last 100 years.
Rehearsal for World War Two; The Spanish Civil War 1936-39
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Spain is still riven with painful memories of the defining war of the 20th century. Republicans versus Monarchists, Fascists versus Communists, Trade Unions versus Landed Classes, Church versus Anti-Clericalists. Not to mention Anarchism.
English Wild Flowers in Reality and Folklore
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Corn Cockle, Meadowsweet, and Oxslip; Campion, Cow Parsley and Harebell. How many wild flowers can you identify, and how many of their stories do you know? Did ladies make beds from Ladies Bedstraw, who wore Bachelors Buttons, and were Robins really run ragged by Ragged Robin?
Richard II & Henry IV Part 1
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Although Britain has left the EU the country remains divided over the issue. So now might be a good time to revisit the Wars of the Roses and see what was at stake between the two sides and what particular idea of England was held by each
Children’s Classics
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
On this course, we have the pleasure of reminding ourselves of some childhood favourites – in poetry and prose.
The Potteries: A History of Ceramics from Stoke
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
From 1720, through a combination of discovery, technology and ingenuity, the Staffordshire pottery industry was born.
A Poetic Tour of the British Isles
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Much of British and Irish poetry is firmly rooted in its location. This five-week course will focus each session on a different region and explore the relationship between the place and its poetry.
Greek Myth to Modern Novel
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
During the last few years, several novelists have turned their attention to myths from Greek mythology, transforming them into fiction for the 21st century. Participants do not need a detailed knowledge of Greek mythology, and are not expected to have read all these novels: it is hoped that they will be inspired to read some of them during the course, however. There will be much discussion.
Intermediate Pilates
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles. This is a more challenging class for those who have done Pilates for at least 2 years.
Improver Pilates
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles.  This class is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of Pilates.
The Theory of Everything
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Do you love music but think you don’t understand it? Do you wonder what Sebastian Bach has in common with Burt Bacharach; what G F Handel has in common with W C Handy?
Henry IV Part 2 & Henry V
Start Date: 10th June 2021
Although Britain has left the EU the country remains divided over the issue. So now might be a good time to revisit the Wars of the Roses and see what was at stake between the two sides and what particular idea of England was held by each.
Treasures of The Higgins III
Start Date: 11th June 2021
Our local museum and gallery has exceptional collections on a very wide range of topics: social history, art and crafts of many periods and genres, history, archaeology, and local history, for example. This will not be a repeat of the Autumn or Spring courses.