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2020/21 Courses


Course Title: Murder Most Foul (Two Essex cases)
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Course Description: Some criminal cases cast a long shadow, even more than a century later. The 19th century saw the beginnings of modern policing, but at this time county police forces often lagged behind the Metropolitan Police, founded in 1829, and this could work to the advantage of criminals. Rural areas were quite self-contained, 'incomers' were often viewed with suspicion or ignored, and there were occasions when even if anyone had any suspicions about a possible crime, they kept it to themselves. We also go back to the 1920's: the Great War had ended, but the fallout continued. Society and attitudes were changing - there was hardly a family in the country who were untouched by bereavement, church attendance had fallen, the role of women had changed - and there were concerns that women's morals had changed, too. The aftermath of this murder provides a fascinating snapshot of the attitudes, beliefs and values of 1920's Britain and the case is another one that is still discussed today.
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Course Length: One Day
Date: 13/09/21
Start Time: 00:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £0.00
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's children - Arthur the soldier prince
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Course Description: We study the life and times of Prince Arthur, later created Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, who was christened Arthur William Patrick Albert, and was born in May 1850. He was said to have been Queen Victoria's favourite son, and certainly he probably gave her the least trouble of all her sons! He was a pragmatic, down-to-earth but still very interesting character, who from his childhood wanted an army career, and at the age of sixteen was accepted for training at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, London. Arthur led a very well-travelled life and in addition he had prestigious government appointments, such as Commander-in-Chief of the Army in Ireland and Governor-General of Canada, where he made an impression - his youngest daughter, the lively Princess Patricia (known to the British public as 'Princess Pat') was a very popular figure with Canadians. Surviving until his ninety-second year, Arthur's life is an interesting study of one of Victoria's younger sons.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Course Length: One Day
Date: 18/09/21
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: The World of Wuthering Heights (10.00 - 12.00, 13.00 to 15.00)
Course Number: C2228194
Course Description: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Cathy and Linton are names famous worldwide, even to those who have never read the book or seen a TV/film/stage adaptation. In the 19th century when it first appeared, the book was highly controversial for its depictions of human relationships and its bold challenges to Victorian morality, religion and societal values. But what do we know about the background to this book, the stories surrounding it - and the author's influences? Where did this clergyman's daughter from a remote moorland township find her inspiration for the themes of intense and undying love, betrayal and revenge? Emily Brontë died just a year after publication but 'Wuthering Heights' would go on to be regarded as one of the greatest classic novels, and it richly repays a study of its plot, its characters, its influences, the Yorkshire landscape that inspired it and the public's reaction. The book has never been out of print since 1847 and has been loved by generations of readers.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Saturday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 4.00 hrs
Date: 25/09/21
No. of Weeks: 1
Fee: £12.80
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Course Title: Victorian Art Pre-Raphaelites
Course Number: C2228216
Course Description: Intense colours and minutely detailed surfaces signalled the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s rebellion against established artistic practice. PRB subjects including John Everett Millais’ The Blind Girl and Ford Madox Brown’s Take Your Son, Sir critiqued contemporary society. Paintings with medieval settings imagined a pre-industrial idyll. Eleanor Fortiscue Brickdale, among others, reprised this approach into the twentieth century. In contrast, aestheticism and European symbolism brought new beauty to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Daydream (1880) and to Edward Burne-Jones’ The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898). Course topics include the PRB’s origins, John Ruskin’s influence and late Pre-Raphaelitism. Looking is central to the course and we focus closely on famous and lesser-known work by these fascinating British artists.
Tutor: Rosanna Eckersley
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 29/09/21
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £51.20
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's Children - Leopold the student prince
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Course Description: We will consider the life and times of Prince Leopold, later created Duke of Albany, who was born in April 1853 and christened Leopold George Duncan Albert. He was a very intriguing character, who had a sadly short life, as he was a haemophiliac, which led to his death. Undoubtedly the most intellectually gifted and able of all Victoria & Albert's sons, Leopold's brief life was a fight against the restrictions imposed by his understandably protective mother, the Queen, and his view was that he wanted to use his abilities to try to lead a normal existence and find fulfilling work for himself, although his life might be short. He insisted on a university education and later married, becoming the father of a much-loved daughter, although he would not live to see the birth of his son. Leopold was patron of the arts and literature and was close to his sister, Louise, who shared his love of the arts and was (like him) unconventional for a member of the Royal Family in the 19th century.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Course Length: One Day
Date: 02/10/21
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: Queen Victoria's children Beatrice the baby princess
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Course Description: Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore was born in April 1857, on marriage becoming Princess Henry of Battenberg. 'Baby' (as she was dubbed, and still called by the Queen when in her twenties) was only four when the tragedy of her father's death devastated the Queen. Beatrice was by now the 'golden child' of the family, and together with her sister, Alice (14 years her senior) would bear the brunt of their mother's overpowering grief: little Beatrice was forced to grow up quickly. The Queen determined that her youngest child should never leave her, and as confidante, companion and sometime counsellor, Beatrice combined the role of daughter with that of unofficial secretary. As we consider her life, we'll find her relationship with her siblings was often fraught, the resentment and jealousy they felt about a 'favourite' meant Beatrice suffered in a number of ways. Although she has often been portrayed as a weak and timid character, the shock events of 1884-1885 suddenly proved otherwise!
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Course Length: One Day
Date: 06/11/21
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £6.40
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Course Title: Plants, Politics and Economics
Course Number: C2228254
Course Description: Plants have, over history, had a significant cultural, economic and political impact. In this course we will look at ten different plants and see how the development and use of them has influenced economic and political development. We depend on plants to provide basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and even health care, but they are also important raw materials for a broad range of industrial processes. Historically it could be argued that the development of plants has had a more significant impact on society and economic development than most wars and revolutions. The use, and some would say, exploitation of plants provides us with a window on the economic development of society over time.
Tutor: Andy Beharrell
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/01/22
No. of Weeks: 8
Fee: £51.20
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Course Title: Murder Most Foul (2 Essex Cases)
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Course Description: Home Learn with the WEA Find a courseSearch ResultsMurder Most Foul – (a couple of famous Essex murders) Murder Most Foul – (a couple of famous Essex murders) Ref: C2228081 Enrol online Some criminal cases cast a long shadow, even more than a century later. The 19th century saw the beginnings of modern policing, but at this time county police forces often lagged behind the Metropolitan Police, founded in 1829, and this could work to the advantage of criminals. Rural areas were quite self-contained, 'incomers' were often viewed with suspicion or ignored, and there were occasions when even if anyone had any suspicions about a possible crime, they kept it to themselves. We also go back to the 1920's: the Great War had ended, but the fallout continued. Society and attitudes were changing - there was hardly a family in the country who were untouched by bereavement, church attendance had fallen, the role of women had changed - and there were concerns that women's morals had changed, too. The af
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: online
Course Length: One Day
Date: 19/03/22
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £12.80
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