Branch: BILLERICAY

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


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: Queen Victoria's Children - Victoria (Vicky) - English Princess and German Empre
Course Number: C2227951
Course Description: Princess Victoria, Princess Royal, was the first child born to Victoria & Albert and undoubtedly Albert's favourite child. A child prodigy speaking fluent English, French and German before her fourth birthday, Vicky's intellectual abilities very much reflected those of her father and like him, her interests were wide-ranging, from subjects such as science and chemistry to the world of art and culture, technology, improvement in working conditions and housing, and Britain's role in trade and industry. An outgoing, loving and confident child and young woman, Vicky was thought mature enough at the age of 17 years to marry a Prussian prince, fulfilling her father's cherished plans to carry his politically liberal ideals further afield, a mission that Vicky shared, together with the hope that the Royal Houses of Europe would become closely related by marriage and thus peace would be preserved. Could this plan work? We examine the life and times of this fascinating and emotional woman.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/04/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £6.40
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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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Course Title: Queen Victoria's Children - Albert Edward (Bertie) - Playboy & Peace Maker
Course Number: C2227950
Course Description: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, known as 'Bertie' in the family, was the second child and first son of Victoria & Albert. The birth of a male heir was widely celebrated in 1841, as the line of succession now seemed secure. Victoria & Albert had a carefully worked out plan for their son's education and upbringing, with the aim of turning him into the very model of a progressive prince, who would continue their work of promoting the perfect Royal Family who led by example, enshrining respectability, high moral character, religious faith, preservation of family life and a strong ethos of service to their British subjects. 'Bertie' served a long apprenticeship as heir to the throne, and his life was one full of incident! When he finally came to the throne, there was much speculation about the kind of monarch he would be - and whether he had been adequately prepared to take on the role at all. We will examine the life and times of 'Bertie', including his nine year reign as King.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/05/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's Children - Alice the Tragic Princess
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Course Description: Princess Alice Maud Mary was the third child and second daughter of Victoria & Albert. She would be the first of their nine children to die, and one of three outlived by the Queen. Alice was a very practical child and woman, and her passion for caring for others showed itself at the age of 18 when she took on the role of nurse to her father during his final illness. Marriage to a German Grand Duke took her away from England at 19 years of age. Often startlingly modern and controversial in her outlook, this did not always win her friends in her often repressive adopted country, but she absorbed many of the 'new ideas' of the 19th century, and wasn't afraid to speak out. Many people admired her down-to-earth approach and other sterling qualities. Her character, and her short and bittersweet life make her a compelling study for anyone interested in historical personalities.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 9.99 hrs
Date: 12/06/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's Children - Alfred (Affie) - A Life on the Ocean's Waves
Course Number: C2227946
Course Description: Prince Alfred Ernest Albert (or 'Affie' to his family) was barely 12 years old when to his relief, his overwhelming desire to join the Royal Navy was approved by his royal parents. Examination success allowed him to become a midshipman and enjoy his first taste of life at sea in the Navy. During his naval service, his voyages would take him around the world, and he was the first royal prince to set foot in a number of the countries he visited. Whether you were a Queen's son or a commoner, life in the Royal Navy of the 19th century was tough and uncompromising, and Affie was under strict orders from his parents to remember that like all of their children, he had an additional role in life to fulfil, namely as ambassador for the Royal Family's reputation. Affie's story is full of interest and incident, but is not free from sorrow and tragedy as well, and we will consider his life as a whole - and ask how well he fulfilled his role as a Royal Family 'ambassador'.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 26/06/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's Children - Helena - a Dutiful Daughter
Course Number: C2227952
Course Description: Princess Helena Augusta Victoria was only 15 years old when her beloved Papa, the Prince Consort died, and she was overwhelmed by grief. As a daughter of the widowed Queen Victoria, she was earmarked for the role of lifetime companion to her demanding mother. Helena's story is of a very dutiful daughter who worked hard for the often imperious Queen, but also a character who could be determined and single-minded if the need arose. She defied the hostile attitudes of certain of her family members to marry the man of her choice and to pursue a life of public service, whether this involved a full diary of speeches and engagements such as laying foundation stones, opening hospitals, visiting projects for the unemployed or perhaps related to her passion for the advancement of nursing, a role in which she crossed swords with Florence Nightingale herself, or whether it involved her various charities or art and culture. Helena was a many-faceted character who left a legacy of public service.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 10/07/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £6.40
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