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**MEMBERSHIP 2019/20**
Start Date: 1st September 2019
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Advanced Bridge
Start Date: 16th September 2019
The intention is to carry on from last year, introducing more efficient ways of describing their hands to those who already know how to play.
Bridge for Novices
Start Date: 16th September 2019
This group will welcome anyone who has a basic working knowledge of the Acol bidding system and would like to play set hands in duplicate pairs or teams after some weekly introduction to new topics.
Bridge - Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2019
This group is for those of you who are confident players but who need some revision of topics or techniques before practising with supervised play of set hands.
Classical Guitar
Start Date: 16th September 2019
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.
Creative Writing
Start Date: 16th September 2019
Each week we will analyse a short story and look at the devices the writer has used. The class will then write their own short story, drawing inspiration from what we have read.
French Advanced
Start Date: 16th September 2019
This course is aimed at those who have studied French previously and are able to cope fairly fluently in a variety of situations.
French Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2019
This course aims to consolidate their knowledge of the French language, as well as different skills (speaking, reading, listening) through a variety of activities and resources.
Making of a Masterpiece VII
Start Date: 16th September 2019
We will take a close look at some of the most famous works from Gothic Art to the 20th century by various artists.
TS Eliot, The Four Quartets
Start Date: 16th September 2019
Eliot’s Four Quartets are justly regarded as the supreme achievement of his poetic career. In them, the key question of his earlier career, how to find meaning and significance in what he considered to be a cultural waste land, is finally answered.
Understanding Maps
Start Date: 16th September 2019
Get to know all about the map in this 5-week course!
Academies, Museums and Canons of Art
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course covers the first part of the Open University Course A216, ART AND ITS HISTORIES (1999). This is the first section of the course which focuses on the nature and origins of the so-called western canon of art.
The Stuarts
Start Date: 17th September 2019
The century from the death of Elizabeth 1 to the reign of William and Mary is one of the dramatic periods of British history as it includes regicide, civil war, the Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell, the Restoration, the Plague, the Fire of London and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. We will look at the key themes which underlie this period.
German Improvers
Start Date: 17th September 2019
Ideally you will need 2 – 3 years previous study for this course. The group is friendly, relaxed and welcoming.
German Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This class is for students who have a good knowledge of the language and are reasonably confident in all skills.
Classical Guitar for Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course will take you right from the start; you won't need any prior experience with either the guitar or reading music.
Italian Absolute Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2019
Aimed at absolute beginners. As well as the language, you will learn about the culture, customs and traditions.
Italian Improvers
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course helps you build on skills already learnt, introducing new language and grammar structures in a lively way.
Looking Behind the View - A Landscape History of Bedfordshire Pt 2
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course will be general, informal, and non-technical and should interest anyone who is interested in the present-day countryside of Bedfordshire.
Memoir Writing
Start Date: 17th September 2019
Do you want to write your life story but you need a push to get started? Then this course is for you. This is a well-established course on how to write your memoir or a biography: how to get started: the planning stage and the structure of your memoir.
Multicoloured Printmaking
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course is ideal for beginners or anyone keen to extend their printmaking skills.
The Nature of Knowledge
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course considers the "standard" analysis of knowledge and some amendments to it. It considers how we acquire knowledge and the sceptic's doubts about our knowledge claims.
Making Music with the Recorder
Start Date: 17th September 2019
The Recorder Ensemble is a friendly group of players who enjoy exploring works of composers from the 13th century to the present day.
Spanish Advanced
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for a few years and have obtained at least A level.
Spanish Intermediate
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for 2-3 years up to GCSE level.
Watercolour Painting
Start Date: 17th September 2019
This course is suitable for those who have some experience exploring all aspects of watercolour painting.
Yoga
Start Date: 17th September 2019
Yoga Practice Asanas: We will work with gentle postures and breathing techniques Yoga Nidra Meditations: this is where you come and lie down on the floor and just completely let go and let me guide you.
Mrs Dalloway
Start Date: 18th September 2019
Published in 1925 by the Hogarth Press this is a novel in which Virginia Woolf perfects her distinctive style. Original, thoughtful and a work of art, so much to discuss!
Italian Intermediate
Start Date: 18th September 2019
This course is designed for anyone who would like to brush up or extend their basic knowledge of the language.
Developing Imagination
Start Date: 18th September 2019
Examples and demonstrations of watercolour and some mixed media techniques will be used. This course is best suited to those with previous drawing and painting experience.
Drawing for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 18th September 2019
A complete basic drawing course for total beginners or those who really do believe they cannot draw.
French Absolute Beginners
Start Date: 18th September 2019
This course is an opportunity to learn French from scratch.
French Conversation - Intermediate
Start Date: 18th September 2019
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: 18th September 2019
This course is aimed at those who have completed about 3 years part-time study.
Genealogy and Family History – Tracing your Ancestors
Start Date: 18th September 2019
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.
Holiday Geology
Start Date: 18th September 2019
Have you been to an interesting place in Britain on holiday and wondered How did those rocks form? Or why are the rocks that shape? How old are those rocks? Why is there a valley here? Join this course and get the answers to these and many more questions!
Italian Advanced
Start Date: 18th September 2019
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.
Italian Beginners Plus
Start Date: 18th September 2019
This course is aimed at beginners as well as reinforcing language for students of Beginners plus.
Russian History from World War 1 to Present Day
Start Date: 18th September 2019
We will look at the causes of the revolution to the revolution itself, and where it started to go wrong up to the rise of Putin and how Russia is faring under his leadership.
Spanish Improvers
Start Date: 18th September 2019
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for a year at least.
Watching the Detectives
Start Date: 18th September 2019
The history of the detective film from the 1930s to 90s.
Women Life Writing: Collette and Elizabeth Smart
Start Date: 18th September 2019
In this course we will look at the lives and fiction of two of the twentieth century’s most original female writers, Colette (1873-1954) and Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986).
Chekov
Start Date: 19th September 2019
This course will examine the legacy and brilliance of the man who helped revolutionise European theatre and transformed the short story.
French Conversation Intermediate Plus/Advanced
Start Date: 19th September 2019
This class requires a very good to advanced level of French. Vous devez parler couramment ou presque! Grammar tuition is not included – enfin, presque jamais!
Secrets and Lives: The Enigmatic Story of Bletchley Park
Start Date: 19th September 2019
We will follow the extraordinary story of how ‘Ultra’ intelligence was obtained from intercepting and deciphering thousands of enemy messages.
Spanish Advanced Conversation
Start Date: 19th September 2019
Is your Spanish a bit rusty? Ven a nuestra clase a practicarlo. No importa que lo hallas olvidado un poco, pronto lo recordaras.
The Enchanted Garden: Gardens in the Arts & Crafts and Bloomsbury Movements
Start Date: 19th September 2019
For the Arts and Crafts and the Bloomsbury movements the garden was part of the house, and an inherent part of the design and decoration and a way of life. From wallpaper to wall roses we explore this rich space.
History of Photography – Victorian Era
Start Date: 19th September 2019
In this part of the course we shall cover: the invention or ‘dawn’ of photography, different equipment and processes, through to its acceptance as a legitimate artist media.
History of the Home
Start Date: 19th September 2019
We will discover how our home has changed from the Medieval to present day.
Literature’s Ideas to Live By
Start Date: 19th September 2019
This course will use ideas from various therapeutic approaches to explore how we can acquire methods of reading which lead to bibliotherapy.
Scottish Crime Fiction: Tartan Noir
Start Date: 19th September 2019
This course celebrates crime novels based in Scotland and analyses excellent ones that are first in a series.
Watercolour and Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 19th September 2019
Students will be given a series of different topics throughout the year which they are free to interpret in their own way using watercolour or drawing media.
In the News
Start Date: 19th September 2019
Interested in current news? Enjoy lively debate? Then this is the class for you.
Body Aware
Start Date: 20th September 2019
Body Aware is a great way to start exercise or to improve any level of fitness.
Botanical Illustration
Start Date: 20th September 2019
The course will cover: drawing skills, basic botany, note taking, layout and composition, mixing and applying colour and presentation of finished pieces.
Choir
Start Date: 20th September 2019
Singing for pleasure in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This course will offer a number of different challenges involving drawing media.
German Beginners Plus
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This course is for students with a little previous knowledge of German and is also a follow-on for those who started as Absolute Beginners in September 2018.
German Conversation
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This is the highest level of German class where a good level of fluency is ideal.
German Lower Intermediate
Start Date: 20th September 2019
A course designed for those who have a good foundation in German.
Hadrian’s Wall
Start Date: 20th September 2019
The course will consider the individual forts of the wall, and its archaeological finds.
Latin Readers
Start Date: 20th September 2019
These sessions are for those who would like to read authentic Latin texts, but with quite a lot of assistance with grammar, idiom, vocab., style and points of background.
Philosophy of Plato
Start Date: 20th September 2019
In this course we shall consider some of the central dialogues of Plato of Athens, with particular emphasis on the ways in which these dialogues set the agenda for later philosophical thought.
Pilates – Beginners
Start Date: 20th September 2019
Come and learn the basics of Pilates in a mat-based class designed to improve posture and tone muscles with controlled, slow movements.
Pilates – Improver
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This class is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of Pilates.
Pilates – Intermediate
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This is a more challenging class for those who have done Pilates for at least 2 years.
Poetry
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This course uses the themes and combinations of poetry to provide a catalyst for discussion.
Tai Chi
Start Date: 20th September 2019
The course teaches the use of controlled and generally slow movements to help improve stamina, balance and flexibility.
The Land Without Music?
Start Date: 20th September 2019
This description of England will be explored to discover whether it is justified or not.
A Life of Birds
Start Date: 24th September 2019
Learn all about the amazing world of birds!
Making Ends Meet – Poverty Issues 1340-1840
Start Date: 25th September 2019
We will examine how government legislation and changing social attitudes affected the life of the working man and his family
Twentieth Century Childhoods
Start Date: 2nd October 2019
After a brief glimpse of Tudor portraits of children and Victorian children working in factories, mines and workshops we will explore some of the many facets of British Childhood during the Twentieth century up to the present day.
Bridge: Unbalanced Hands
Start Date: 12th October 2019
Tuition, demonstration and supervised play with emailed notes, as well as a duplicate pairs session.
Bridge: Unbalanced Hands
Start Date: 12th October 2019
The day will consist of tuition, demonstration and supervised play as well as a duplicate pairs session.
Gardens of Southern France Pt 1
Start Date: 12th October 2019
Favoured by both climate and culture the gardens of southern France delight both the senses and the intellect.
Handsome, Clever & Sometimes Rich: Jane Austen’s Heroines
Start Date: 12th October 2019
An opportunity to become reacquainted with, or meet for the first time, the heroines of Jane Austen’s fiction.
John Constable
Start Date: 12th October 2019
This one-day course will offer an introduction to some of Constable’s famous and not so famous works showing that he is still relevant today.
Five Famous Economists
Start Date: 28th October 2019
Each of the five sessions will focus on a famous economist, all of whom have a high public and academic profile but who have also led very interesting lives.
Problem of Evil
Start Date: 28th October 2019
This five-week course will look at what we mean by evil, how some thinkers have tried to explain it and what, if anything, we can do about it.
Power & Persuasion
Start Date: 29th October 2019
This course will look at a range of posters from different periods to analyse their message, contemporary mood and preoccupations as well as artistic achievements in order to understand the role of propaganda in its historical context.
Vanity Fair: Her World, Our Rules
Start Date: 30th October 2019
Enjoy the fascinating company of Miss Rebecca Sharp in her world as created by William Makepeace Thackeray in his 1848 masterpiece.
The Evocative Garden: Gardens and the Impressionist and Post Impressionist Movements
Start Date: 31st October 2019
Everyone has heard of Monet and Manet and Giverny, but what about the gardens of Sorolla, Frieseke, or Kadinsky, or the wilder American response to the call to the art of ‘plein air’?
Antony Gormley Sculptures
Start Date: 31st October 2019
In these sessions we shall study and discuss key examples of Gormley’s work, the influences which have inspired him, and his life and conversations about his work.
Chess: An introduction
Start Date: 31st October 2019
Beginner ballroom and Latin
Start Date: 1st November 2019
Our first course will be concentrating on a Waltz. A gentle dance that has ‘swing & sway & rise & fall’ which can be danced at many functions. No experience is necessary, just turn up and enjoy the beauty of dance that can stimulate the body and the mind.
Modern Jive
Start Date: 1st November 2019
Modern jive is dance that has many different genres, so this means we dance to all types of modern music from Blues, Swing, Latin and Top chart music. We will learn 3 beginner moves each week so that we can make routine that flows smoothly and effortless.
Oxygen: Breath of Life
Start Date: 5th November 2019
The first part of this 6-week course looks at a variety of plants, the second at animals and how the two great Kingdoms have evolved to pass this substance back and forth.
Bedford – A Community of Communities
Start Date: 9th November 2019
Bedford is the most cosmopolitan town in the UK - find out why!
Handsome, Sometimes Clever & Almost Always Rich: Jane Austen’s Heroes & Villains
Start Date: 9th November 2019
We will consider the heroes and villains who fill the pages of Jane Austen’s novels, and who provide her heroines with delight, diversion and sometimes disappointment.
Gardens of Southern France Pt 2
Start Date: 9th November 2019
Favoured by both climate and culture the gardens of southern France delight both the senses and the intellect.
William Blake
Start Date: 7th December 2019
Tate Britain is presenting an exhibition from September 2019 – February 2020 entitled: ‘A new look at the visionary printmaker, poet and painter’. This course is intended as preparation for a visit to that exhibition, or follow up for those who have already been to it, or perhaps a substitute for those who are interested in Blake’s work, but are unable to go to the exhibition.
Art Scandals
Start Date: 6th January 2020
We will look at a number of works that have caused controversy due to forgery, corruption, theft, attribution or taste, to name a few issues.
Exo Planets
Start Date: 6th January 2020
Exo planets are planets that orbit other stars. Many of the known exoplanets are unlike the planets in our solar system – the reasons for this will be discussed.
Materials
Start Date: 6th January 2020
The course covers the properties and applications of materials, typical and new materials, and wherever possible, will include practical demonstrations and experiments.
Mindfulness
Start Date: 6th January 2020
The course will cover:- The background of Mindfulness and how it can help our well-being; The power of observation and the importance of compassion particularly self-compassion. We will learn and practise Mindfulness techniques and how to apply them to your daily life.
Renee Magritte: Surrealist Philosopher
Start Date: 6th January 2020
Magritte’s paintings have puzzled, fascinated and delighted art lovers the world over. This five-week course will try to throw some light on the man and his work.
The Story of Flight
Start Date: 6th January 2020
The course covers flight from the first world war to future aviation.
Interesting Artists You May Never Have Heard Of!
Start Date: 7th January 2020
**NEW COURSE** The aim of this course is to introduce students to some interesting, influential and talented artists that fall outside the mainstream teaching of Art History.
An Age of Capital, 1840 -1880
Start Date: 7th January 2020
This course will take a thematic approach to examine the social, political and economic changes that affected Britain.
Five Physical Phenoma
Start Date: 7th January 2020
This course will take a fresh look at some of the breakthroughs made by individual scientists.
Great Religions of India
Start Date: 7th January 2020
This course is an introduction to the two great religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism.
Print and Pattern
Start Date: 7th January 2020
A block printing course for beginners and improvers.
A People’s War: A People’s Peace
Start Date: 8th January 2020
We examine the issues of unemployment, increased affordability, the emergence of new industries and the role of propaganda in the wake of the two world wars.
Coloured Pencils for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 8th January 2020
A full variety of subjects will be covered including wildlife, floral and still life. This is a standalone course but can also be viewed as a continuation from the previous course.
The Great American Novel: Hemingway versus Scott Fitzgerald
Start Date: 8th January 2020
In this course we consider Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (1929) and Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night (1934), as we take a look at their friendship and rivalry.
Researching the History of your House
Start Date: 8th January 2020
Join this course to find out how you can research the history of your house and/or other houses that are of interest to you.
The Long View by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Start Date: 8th January 2020
This is the compelling story of one woman and her marriage told by a writer whose craft and humanity are universally praised.
‘Transcending Difference’ The image of Black people in European art 16th to 20th Centuries
Start Date: 8th January 2020
We consider the vivid representations of black men and women as soldiers, diplomats, figures in public life, domestics, sportsmen, entertainers, and entrepreneurs.
American Fiction by Minority Writers
Start Date: 9th January 2020
On this course, we focus on the excellent writings of non-white Americans from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds.
Understanding Maps
Start Date: 9th January 2020
This course is for anyone interested in maps, their history and includes practical map-reading skills.
Crossing Cultures
Start Date: 9th January 2020
This course will study influences from around the world and explore the nature of crossing cultures from the 16th to 20th centuries.
Graham Greene
Start Date: 9th January 2020
We consider this entertaining storyteller and will be reading three of his fairly short novels.
The Nazi State: History’s most radical and destructive regime
Start Date: 9th January 2020
This course focuses on power and control in the Nazi state up to the start of World War Two.
Mandarin Chinese: An Introduction
Start Date: 9th January 2020
**NEW COURSE** An opportunity to explore Mandarin Chinese and its history.
Philosophy on Stage
Start Date: 10th January 2020
We shall discuss plays from several eras and plays which revolve around a range of philosophical dilemmas or debates.
Poetry
Start Date: 10th January 2020
This course uses the themes and combinations of poetry to provide a catalyst for discussion.
Ten Operas Every Music Lover should Know
Start Date: 10th January 2020
Since its invention in late Renaissance Italy, opera has fascinated public and composers alike and we will consider ten masterworks ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries.
William Blake
Start Date: 10th January 2020
This course is intended as preparation for a visit to Tate Britain exhibiting William Blake’s work.
Middle Eastern History
Start Date: 15th January 2020
We will look at how the Middle East was the cradle of civilization, before the rise of the Roman Empire.
Prehistoric Cave Art of Europe
Start Date: 16th January 2020
Explore images from famous and lesser known caves and examine the history of their discovery.
Bridge: Defence
Start Date: 25th January 2020
The day will consist of tuition, demonstration and supervised play as well as a duplicate pairs session.
Consider the Lily: Lilies in History, Art & Culture
Start Date: 25th January 2020
The lily reigns triumphant in art, whilst its many meanings and uses have embedded it in our culture.
Drawing a Fox in Coloured Pencil
Start Date: 25th January 2020
A full step-by-step demonstration will be provided by the tutor to enable students to draw a stunning picture of a fox using coloured pencils.
Francis Bacon
Start Date: 25th January 2020
Using Bacon as our example we will explore the reasons why modern art has abandoned the traditional functions as well as looking at how the artist’s personal life affected his art.
Frost in May by Antonia White
Start Date: 25th January 2020
This is a school story which is wonderfully compelling and atmospheric, with daily life in the convent meticulously captured by our innocent narrator.
Nordic Noir
Start Date: 25th January 2020
Why are the Scandinavian thriller writers so popular that the term Nordic Noir has become a genre? What makes this genre different from other crime fiction? Join us and find out!
Secret Life of Plants
Start Date: 25th January 2020
There’s a tendency to see plants as providing the background for the real stars of the show, the charismatic mammals. This one day course will show how amazing plants are.
Building Beautifully in Concrete
Start Date: 15th February 2020
This course focuses on concrete gems, buildings and bridges we love today and which could not have been constructed in any other material.
David Hockney
Start Date: 15th February 2020
This one-day course will examine the case for and against Hockney. Fashionable painter or one who alters our way of seeing?
Drawing Still Life in Coloured Pencil
Start Date: 15th February 2020
A full step-by-step demonstration will be provided by the tutor to enable students to draw a stunning picture of a still life using coloured pencils.
Mary Delany 1700-1788: Scandal Botany & Art
Start Date: 15th February 2020
This course follows the life of the ‘grotto nymph’ and creator of botanic paper mosaics Mary Delany.
Silver Jewellery Workshop
Start Date: 15th February 2020
In this one-day workshop you’ll learn how to design your jewellery, measure and prepare Sterling silver (in sheet and wire form), form and solder your pieces and add texture or use stamps to add pictures, letters or symbols.
Economics in the News
Start Date: 24th February 2020
This introductory course will be a blend of economic theory and its application to current affairs/economic news.
W H Auden
Start Date: 24th February 2020
Using Selected Shorter Poems, this five-week course will examine the nature of Auden’s poetry, its extensive range, stylistic variety, thoughtfulness and connection to his personal life.
Andalusia: The Triumph of Myth over History
Start Date: 25th February 2020
This course will take a fresh look at Andalusia – its myths, people, history and influences.
Birds in Spring
Start Date: 26th February 2020
We consider the unique way birds set about the essential act of breeding: from eggs to nests.
Caring for your historic documents
Start Date: 26th February 2020
This course will teach you when and where you should be storing your items, and in what and how to make your own bespoke folder and document holders to store your items.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Start Date: 26th February 2020
Four very different ladies respond to an advertisement in the Times in 1922 and their lives are changed forever …
History of Photography – Modern Era
Start Date: 27th February 2020
This course will cover the transition of photography - initially an expensive and complicated process – through to its increasing accessibility and the work of its practitioners.
Greek Myth to Modern Novel
Start Date: 28th February 2020
During the last few years, several novelists have turned their attention to myths from Greek mythology and we shall consider a few of these to form the basis of lively discussion.
Cats, Cauldrons and Covens
Start Date: 21st March 2020
Witchcraft in 17th C England. Tales of superstition, hysteria and injustice with the persecution of women suspected of witchcraft.
Joni Mitchell: The Song Poet
Start Date: 21st March 2020
An appreciation of her as a Song Poet from 1968 to the present.
Stencil Street Art Masterclass
Start Date: 21st March 2020
This whole day course will enable participants to develop their ideas by creating stencilled images based on drawings, paintings or photographs.
The Suburban Garden
Start Date: 21st March 2020
Neglected by history, and sometimes in reality, this Day School celebrates the gardens that make up the green patchwork of suburbia.
Understanding Birdsong
Start Date: 21st March 2020
As spring approaches the song of birds becomes part of our lives again. But who is singing and what does it all mean?
Vincent van Gogh
Start Date: 21st March 2020
This one-day course will attempt to get to know the man a little better by examining his letters which not only tell us about his life but also about his art. In addition, we will be scrutinising some of his famous and not so famous paintings to see what it is that makes him a great artist.
Mary Magdalene
Start Date: 20th April 2020
This four-week course will look at how Mary, who is mentioned 12 times in the Gospels and was a follower of Jesus has been represented in the Bible and in art and at how she is portrayed in popular culture.
Economics in the News
Start Date: 20th April 2020
This introductory course will be a blend of economic theory and its application to current affairs/economic news. Each session will be divided into two sections.
Science of Happiness
Start Date: 20th April 2020
Is happiness a skill that can be learnt?
Science of happiness
Start Date: 20th April 2020
Is happiness a skill that can be learnt - something that philosophers and spiritual teachers have said for many years?
What are you looking at?
Start Date: 20th April 2020
Are you baffled by contemporary art? If so, this course is for you
Forgotten Christians: Christian churches of the Orient
Start Date: 21st April 2020
The course will explore the Christian churches of the orient, their history, culture and political experience in all its diversity.
Great religions of the Middle East
Start Date: 21st April 2020
An introduction to the three great religions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Gender & Art
Start Date: 21st April 2020
An examination of the role of gender difference in the production, consumption and interpretation of works of art
Advanced Genealogy and Family History Workshop
Start Date: 22nd April 2020
Designed for students who have attended the genealogy courses and are seekinhg guidance, particularly with a stumbling block or you can’t find the records you are looking for.
Apocalypse Then!
Start Date: 22nd April 2020
In this course we will investigate the fictions of William Golding and Nevil Shute and how they gave expression to an uncertain period during the Cold War.
Watercolours for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 22nd April 2020
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.
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
Start Date: 22nd April 2020
An Experiment in Love, or an opportunity to reflect and illuminate the stunning portrait of Thomas Cromwell and his times that Hilary Mantel has given us in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies?
The British Royal Family from Queen Victoria to the Present Day
Start Date: 22nd April 2020
Queens and Kings, how they behaved, their influence and power.
Pericles
Start Date: 23rd April 2020
There is a big question about how much of Pericles Shakespeare wrote. This course will discuss the authorship of the play, its relation to Greek tragedy, its themes, and its singular artistry
Art, Architecture and Society Pt 2
Start Date: 23rd April 2020
Eighteenth Century English art and architecture has long been admired, but we can only appreciate it fully by learning its wider contexts.
Great Short Stories by Women
Start Date: 23rd April 2020
A discussion-based course focused on authors, past and present, who are prize winners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and/or rising stars.
Life Through a Lens
Start Date: 23rd April 2020
A short history of documentary film making
Comedies of Ancient Athens
Start Date: 24th April 2020
The comedies of ancient Athens are perhaps less well known than the tragedies but are brim full of wit, satire, fantasy, exuberance, politics and playfulness.
Poetry Revisited
Start Date: 24th April 2020
An opportunity to consider the sheer gorgeous power of poetry old and new
You've Changed Your Tune
Start Date: 24th April 2020
Melody is the part of music that most people say they comprehend and like. But what’s in a tune? How does the style of music affect what goes on melodically?
Greek & Roman Cities in Turkey
Start Date: 24th April 2020
Throughout antiquity Turkey was under the influence and/or control of Greeks and Romans. Our time span will range from the second millennium BCE (BC) to the 5th century CE (AD) and explore the history and remains of Byzantium, Ephesus, Pergamum, Antioch and elsewhere in Asia Minor.
English Wild Flowers in Reality and Folklore
Start Date: 30th April 2020
How many wild flowers can you identify, and how many of their stories do you know?
The Fool in Shakespeare
Start Date: 1st June 2020
The Fool is usually seen as the person who tells truth to power but, if that's the case why do they appear more in comedy than tragedy?
Script Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Start Date: 3rd June 2020
A perfect way to revisit this delightful and sometimes provocative play!
The Tempest
Start Date: 4th June 2020
The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play. Is it a summation of his work or does it hint at new territories to be explored?
History of Photography
Start Date: 4th June 2020
An exploration of this dynamic period of photographic history through the influence of different genres and a number of post-war photographers that have become household names.
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