Branch: BILLERICAY

Telephone: 01277 598568
Email: Billericay.branch@wea.ac.uk
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2020/21 Courses


Course Title: A Tale From 2 Counties - A Domestic Worker, A Farm Worker, An Illegitimate Child
Course Number: C2227845
Course Description: Without necessarily being an eye witness to major events even the routine experiences of our immediate ancestors can provide valuable indicators of more general social, economic and political developments from their era. Using examples from Essex and Suffolk with contemporary newspapers and family history research we will attempt to measure how valuable such an approach can be. This session will examine aspects of both male and female working class employment conditions at the turn of the 20th century and the complications to family life as a result of illegitimacy.
Tutor: Ted Woodgate
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 13:45
Duration: 2.50 hrs
Date: 08/01/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £8.00
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Course Title: The Rise of Detective Fever
Course Number: C2227772
Course Description: The term 'detective fever' was probably first coined by the best-selling author Wilkie Collins, in his very popular book 'The Moonstone' (1868). But what was it about this fairly new body of men, appointed by the Metropolitan Police (and credited with being the first real detectives in the English-speaking world), that caught the public's imagination? And was public opinion favourable? We study the history of the early detective branch of the police, look at the characters and backgrounds of just a few officers from their ranks and the tactics they used in their work. We also look at a very famous murder case of 1860 that shocked and fascinated the public in equal measure, to assess some of the detectives' early contributions to policing and crime prevention.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/01/21
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £51.20
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Course Title: Tales from 2 Counties - Suffer the Children
Course Number: C2227846
Course Description: Without necessarily being an eye witness to major events even the routine experiences of our immediate ancestors can provide valuable indicators of more general social, economic and political developments from their era. Using examples from Essex and Suffolk with contemporary newspapers and family history research we will attempt to measure how valuable such an approach can be. This session will examine aspects of Victorian attitudes to the treatment of children and the beginnings of an evolving societal concern.
Tutor: Ted Woodgate
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 13:45
Duration: 2.50 hrs
Date: 22/01/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £8.00
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Course Title: British Design 1850 - 1950
Course Number: C2227844
Course Description: At the height of 19c imperial power British designers rebelled against mainstream commodification: the beautiful designs by Pugin, Henry Cole, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement clearly linked form with function. In the 20c ‘flapper’ dress combined practicality with high fashion, while in the cash-strapped 1930s Clarice Cliff’s and Susie Cooper's ceramics made art deco style affordable for the modern consumer. During WWII restrictions on clothes styles aimed to save fabric. After the War pre-fabricated homes with fitted kitchens became a solution to an acute housing crisis, while the Festival of Britain showcased a new, bright and informal design aesthetic. This course discusses these fascinating topics, with some others. It also sets the history of design in its historical context, within the limits of a Day School.
Tutor: Rosanna Eckersley
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 5.00 hrs
Date: 20/03/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £12.80
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Course Title: Victoria - Grandmother of Europe
Course Number: C2227873
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 these 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: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Sunday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 5.00 hrs
Date: 28/03/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £12.80
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Course Title: Protecting the Planet
Course Number: C2227777
Course Description: The course discusses cases from the earliest warnings about damage being done to the environment, to today’s concerns. Examples include: air pollution, acid rain, plastic polllution, species decline and climate change. We will discuss how the science of ecology helps us understand the environment and how to heal it. Alternative views on possible remedies will be explored.
Tutor: Ian Pirie
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 19:30
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 05/05/21
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £51.20
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