Branch: BILLERICAY

Secretary: Denise Fielding
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2019/20 Courses


Course Title: Day School: Scandals or Your Mother's Worst Nightmare
Course Number: C2226912 - Approved
Course Description: Scandals come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, what is scandalous in one age is probably tame in another. The reason for this is a change cultural norms. This will be the basis of the day course. We will initially examine a scandal from the early 17th Century, the Overbury Scandal. This is about sex, politics and power. We will go on to look at the Dreyfus affair, a scandal emanating from a divided society in which anti-Semitism flourished. Finally, we will look at the Jeremy Thorpe / Norman Scott affair, something which simply could not happen today, so much has changed in relation to homosexuality. We will examine the scandals through power point presentations and through primary source material. There will be time to discuss and feedback, indded the course relies on it. Most of all, I hope it will be enjoyable.
Tutor: Till, Richard
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 14/09/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Great Bardfield Artists – the Essex Avant -Garde?
Course Number: C2226913 - Approved
Course Description: Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Marianne Straub were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. This Day School explores and celebrates 'our' Essex artists and focuses in on some of their fascinating artworks.
Tutor: Eckersley, Rosanna
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 28/09/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: The History of British Railways
Course Number: C2226714 - Approved
Course Description: Arguably the advent of rail transport brought about the biggest change in the way of life in Gt Britain during the 19th century. In its wake came standardised time, holidays and a realisation by the ordinary people that there really was a different life over the next hill. It also brought financial skulduggery and power hungry despots. This course will look at the political and financial implications of railways to Nationalisation while reviewing the men who were intimately concerned with the growth of this pivotal change in Gt Britain.
Tutor: Mannion, Roger
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 02/10/19
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £61.60
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Settlers- Conflict and Survival in the American West
Course Number: C2226715 - Approved
Course Description: Discover the different groups of people that travelled to the Far West in 19th Century America and the reasons they went. Learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition and how it brought back valuable information for the opening up of the Far West. Understand the ways the Mountain Men were able to survive in the Rocky Mountains and how the Mormons flourished in the settlement at Salt Lake City both in very difficult conditions. Explore what life was like for the Pioneers and Mormons on their journeys across the Plains and the ways they dealt with the problems they faced. Assess the difficulties of settlement on the Plains for the Homesteaders and Cattlemen and the solutions they found, as well as the conflict between these two groups. Consider the experience of the California Gold Rush and the flood of settlers it brought to the Far West. Please note this is an introductory course aimed at beginners and is not suitable for students with an already detailed knowledge of the subject.
Tutor: Rawlinson, Lucy
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 22/01/20
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £61.60
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Victoria- Grandmother of Europe
Course Number: C2226915 - Approved
Course Description: How did Queen Victoria become known as the 'Grandmother of Europe'? We study the childhoods, later lives and impact on history of Victoria & Prince Albert's nine children. We consider Albert's 'blueprint' for the children's futures and ask whether this was based on sound and liberal principles - or whether it was an ill-conceived attempt to impose his own will. Surely the close family blood ties established by the children's marriages would promote peace and understanding throughout Europe in the years to come? The course looks at the triumphs, tribulations - and sometimes tragedies - of the nine siblings, who were a fascinating group of people, each with their own story to tell and who, in some way, affected European history for many years. Some might say their lives and influences are still affecting history to this day!
Tutor: Mills, Margaret
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 28/03/20
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Appreciating the Romantics
Course Number: C2226716 - Approved
Course Description: Introduction to the study of poetry. Initial exploration of the social background and Romantic theories_x000D_ of poetry, supported by reading and discussion of a few examples of poetry written in the period_x000D_ before 1798. Detailed exploration of: some of Blake's shorter lyrics; a number of Wordsworth's shorter_x000D_ Lyrical Ballads and extracts from his Preface, 'Tintern Abbey', 'Ode on Intimations of Immortality from_x000D_ Recollections of Early Childhood', sonnets, 'The Prelude'; Coleridge's ideas about the Imagination,_x000D_ extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'; Keats - extracts from letters, extracts from 'The_x000D_ Eve of St. Agnes', sonnets, short lyrics, Odes including 'To a Nightingale', 'On a Grecian Urn', 'To_x000D_ Autumn'; Shelley - extracts from political pamphlets, 'A Defence of Poetry' and 'Queen Mab'; 'The_x000D_ Mask of Anarchy', Sonnets, 'Ode to a Skylark, 'Ode to the West Wind'; Byron - a few short lyrics,_x000D_ Preface to 'Don Juan' and extracts.
Tutor: Marks, Ronald
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 19:30
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 22/04/20
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £61.60
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk