Branch: COLCHESTER

Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com
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You are encouraged to book online if you can by searching for the Course ID on the National WEA website. Alternatively call the Support Team on 0300 303 3464, quoting the Course ID. If you prefer to speak directly to the branch contact please ring the Eastern Region office on 01223 417320 or email eastern@wea.org.uk and you will be put in touch.


2019/20 Courses


Course Title: Music and Art
Course Number: C2226604
Course Description: Many composers have been inspired by pieces of art and have written music that reflects the inspiration; for example, Mendelssohn's visit to Scotland and his experience if Staffa resulted in him sketching Fingal's Cave, and composing an overture to accompany the image. This course will take many twists and turns in linking music and art, whether it is the work of the Russian composer Scriabin who created colour wheels, or German composer Hindemith who wrote an opera about a painter._x000D_ The course will range over a number of periods of history and countries, and the biggest challenge for course members is to be inqusitive.
Tutor: Green, Chris
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Literary Paris
Course Number: C2226591
Course Description: This course will introduce students to a broad range of autobiographical, biographical, and fictive texts by expatriate writers living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. We will be considering the lives and social circles of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, George Orwell, Djuna Barnes, and Jean Rhys as well as considering the political and cultural influence of Paris on their literary works.
Tutor: Saunders, Abbie
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 23/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Russian music 2; post WW1
Course Number: C2226589
Course Description: Russian Music 2 takes us from the end of WW1 to the present day and traces how because, or despite the influence of the Soviets, three major composers dominate the period - Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Tutor: Tamblyn, Bill
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 23/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Religion - the really important bits
Course Number: C2226593
Course Description: This course will explore worldly or down to earth religion as it manifests in ordinary aspects of life that matter to everyone. Often religions are understood and discussed for what is believed about a remote dimension beyond us but here the emphasis will be firmly upon present material features. Expect to consider how religions have engaged with such topics as PLAY (sport and humor),_x000D_ SENSUALITY (food and sex), MATERIALITY (money and art) and MORTALITY (war and death). Each topic will have a power point presentation and encourage balanced discussion.
Tutor: Sharp, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 23/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Aviation Mysteries, Myths, UFOs and Ghosts
Course Number: C2226594
Course Description: Since Icarus tumbled to the sea, aviation has created countless mysteries, myths, unexplained occurrences and conspiracy theories. This course examines both the more famous and many lesser known examples. What happened to the famous band leader, Glenn Miller who disappeared in 1944? Did he reach France - was he executed in England? Why did Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess fly to Britain and was it really him imprisoned for all those years? Did Amelia Earhart spy for America or serve the Japanese? What happened on board flight MH370 and where did it go? What seemed to appease the restless spirits from flight 401? Five aircraft from Flight 19 flew into the infamous Bermuda Triangle and never emerged. Other well-trained, rational airmen chased Foo Fighters, some with tragic consequences while UFO sightings ranged from Suffolk to Texa with abductions alleged - to be believed or mocked. Similarly, ghost aircraft and the spirits of fallen fliers will be explored in this fascinating course.
Tutor: McLachlan, Ian
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 24/09/19
No. of Weeks: 7
Fee: £54.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: From the Fall of the Ottomans to the Rise of Islamism; 1914-2020 - Part 1
Course Number: C2226705
Course Description: Britain and France occupied the vacuum created by the downfall of Turkey. Iraq and later a partitioned Palestine-Israel, and Syria with Lebanon, emerged from the rule of _x000D_ London and Paris. Self-assertion in Iran and then Egypt, evoked unsuccessful British and French collusion with Israel against the changing.
Tutor: Hyman, Nicholas
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 24/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Medieval Festivities & Entertainments in East Anglia
Course Number: C2226601
Course Description: Medieval people worked hard but also knew how to celebrate. This course explores the ways in which they marked important festive occasions, and the activities they enjoyed at times of relaxation and entertainment. Topics which will cover include - Christmas, Easter, spring and summer Celebrations; music, dancing and play-going; drinkings and Church Ales; sports and games; pilgrimage.
Tutor: Jewell, Katharine
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 25/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Conflicts in the 19th Century Essex Countryside
Course Number: C2226598
Course Description: How were Essex farmworkers, perceived as potential revolutionaries in 1830, transformed into enfranchised citizens within two generations? Using contemporary source materials we attempt to construct a local context.
Tutor: Woodgate, Mervyn
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 25/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Further Exploration in Jazz
Course Number: C2226599
Course Description: From British Trad Jazz of the '40s and '50s to the bands of Kansas City and beyond, the influence of the blues on jazz and the later development of jazz singers, this course provides ten explorations into various aspects of the music. Other topics and themes include ''Jazz and the Classics', 'Jazz in Britain from the 1950s to the 1990s' and 'Humour in Jazz'. We also commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of 'Kind Of Blue', one of Miles Davis' greatest achievements. Through commentary and numerous recordings, we increase our understanding of the way jazz developed and the legacy of individual musicians, sometimes in celebrated collaborations. We end by considering some musicians who contribute to 'Contemporary Jazz' and reflect on its future. A course for anyone interested in popular music in the twentieth century.
Tutor: Platts, Graham
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 25/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: The New Yorker: Ground-breaking short stories
Course Number: C2226603
Course Description: Since 1925, The New Yorker magazine has played an important role in publishing ground-breaking short stories. This course takes a look at ten of those stories and asks why were they important and what can we learn from them today, in terms of history and writing skills. Students will be expected to read some of the longer stories before the class, and to participate by doing some creative writing in the lesson.
Tutor: McQueen, Petra
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 26/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Expressionism in Cinema
Course Number: C2226605
Course Description: German Expressionist art and cinema exerted a major influence on the development of film in terms of style, technique and subject matter and laid the foundations for a range of genres from Film Noir to American Gothic, Horror and Sci-Fi. Starting with early examples of Expressionist cinema, such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Nosferatu and Metropolis, we will go on to examine the influence of the movement on the work of later film makers such as Carol Reed, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Laughton, Ridley Scott and Tim Burton.
Tutor: Read, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 26/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: More Poetry and Landscape
Course Number: C2226609
Course Description: 'The British landscape has inspired some of the most powerful and unforgettable poetry ever written'. So writes Owen Sheers, the Editor of A Poet's Guide to Britain, (Penguin Classics, 2010), which is the required text for this course. The Anthology includes poems from a wide range of historical periods, taking us on a journey across the length and breadth of the British Isles. We will discuss ways in which a poetic response to a wide variety of topographies, both urban and rural, can deepen our own 'conversation' with the landscapes that surround us.
Tutor: LLoyd, Melissa
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 27/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: The Glorious Revolution: and the Birth of Modern Britain 1685-1710
Course Number: C2226608
Course Description: The Glorious Revolution of 1689 is seen as a defining moment on the history of the British Isles. It saw the removal of one Catholic King and his replacement by Protestants William III and Mary II. However, the revolutions would also have a long-term impact on the development of the state, commerce, religion and culture over the next century. This course will seek to ask the question why James II fell from power. After outlining the revolution itself, It will address the main features of the revolution and its political settlement, before examining the long-term consequences of 1689 for Britain.
Tutor: Doney, Simon
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 27/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: History of Colchester - Part 1
Course Number: C2226607
Course Description: A course designed to provide a knowledge of the early history of Colchester from the Iron Age community and the coming of the Romans, to the Norman Conquest, the Medieval town, Cloth Trade and the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War.
Tutor: Denney, Patrick S
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 27/09/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: The Films of the New American Cinema (of the 1970s)
Course Number: C2226596
Course Description: Have you wanted to explore and further understand what the achievements of a number of essential American films of the 1970s are ? This course examines key films, from across a range of genres, that demonstrate how dynamic and engaging genre cinema can be and how the work of a number of filmmakers informed the evolution of American cinema in terms of filmmaker as 'film author'. The course will explore visual style, directorial signature and the ways in which the movies were received upon original release and what their legacies have been. Each session will provide the opportunity for you to engage with the language and terminology of Film Studies (which the tutor will support you with) and to make connections between a film and broader cultural debate.
Tutor: Clarke, James
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 01/10/19
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: How to live in a medieval village
Course Number: C2226625
Course Description: This course explores the everyday life of ordinary people living in medieval East Anglia's rural communities. Starting with the importance of religion and the church, we will discuss the important moments of their lives- birth, childhood, marriage, death and funerals- and their work routines, agricultural and industrial. We will also consider the rise of the East Anglian economy in the late medieval period and how this impacted upon the wealth of ordinary people, thinking about how they spent their money, their treasured possessions and their opportunities for travel.
Tutor: Jewell, Katharine
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: To Blow the Winter Blues Away
Course Number: C2226622
Course Description: We will consider the modern performances by those to seek to recapture the variety of music and dance from the tavern, the open air, the back gallery of the chapel, the concert hall. and also the tradition as it emerges abroad in Europe, the caribbean and America.
Tutor: Tamblyn, Bill
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Contemporary Dystopian Narratives
Course Number: C2226623
Course Description: This course examines dystopian novels from the UK, USA, Mexico, and the Ukraine in order to establish a definition of what we mean by 'Dystopia', and explore its different representations through the framework of a range of genres including apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, magic realism, and surrealism.
Tutor: Saunders, Abbie
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Stage to Screen
Course Number: C2226703
Course Description: On the surface it seems that the adaptation of stage plays should be easier than that of novels. Both are dramatic media and the running time of a stage play and a film are roughly the same. But there are other factors that make the task of adapting plays a difficult one. This course will explore the differences between the two media in terms of point of view, dramatic space, visual expression and the relation between performer and spectator, and the way these factors impact on the process of adaptation.
Tutor: Read, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Hot Stuff - airmen and women pioneers of early jet aviation
Course Number: C2226626
Course Description: In Hot Stuff, author and aviation historian, Ian McLachlan explores jet aviation from the early days of sub-sonic flight to breaking through the sound barrier. He also examines attitudes as women sought to break barriers in a male-dominated environment and the progress achieved to date. The course investigates claims made by nations seeking to own the distinction of inventing the jet engine and the tragedy behind developing the world's first jet airliner. Nations vie for speed and altitude records for both men and women as their air forces equip with nuclear weapons and bombers designed to deter or deliver. The combat use of jet aircraft is examined in both Korea and Vietnam but Ian's usual style of narration will include anecdotes and accounts containing much of human interest.
Tutor: McLachlan, Ian
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 7
Fee: £54.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: From the Fall of the Ottomans to the Rise of Islamism; 1914-2020 - Part 2
Course Number: C2226706
Course Description: Anachronistic dynasties survived and the will to change was expressed in the Arab spring, swiftly succeeded by an iron winter. Israel was now a factor, as well as the survival of regimes in Syria, Lebanon, and Iran.
Tutor: Hyman, Nicholas
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Protecting the Planet
Course Number: C2226628
Course Description: We have a serious environmental crisis, involving climate change, species decline and pollution. The course describes the history of awareness of environmental problems, and discusses cases. It argues that the science of ecology can help us understand and deal with these problems. The course describes the growth of the environment movement and alternative views within it._x000D_
Tutor: Pirie, Ian
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Hypatia's Daughters
Course Number: C2226631
Course Description: Throughout the ages philosophy has been dominated by men and they still outnumber women in the academy by about five to one. _x000D_ This course will look at lives, ideas and legacies of some female thinkers, philosophers and divines past and present._x000D_ Starting with the ancient world (e.g. Hypatia, Theodora, Hilda), moving to medieval times (e.g.Heloise, Hildegard), on through the enlightenment (e.g.Conway, Wollstonecraft) and then to modernity (e.g. Warnock, Murdoch, Weil) we will also include contributors to science (Garret-Anderson) and feminism (Arendt, Davis, Daly). _x000D_ Why was it said that women were the 'weaker vessel' or regarded as unable to learn, lead or teach? Who are the key players in challenging such androcentrism?
Tutor: Sharp, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Reading the Russians
Course Number: C2226632
Course Description: The first half of the 19th century is considered the Golden Age of Russian literature. In this course we will explore a variety of texts by some of the most notable writers of Russia: Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol. These books lead us to a world of romance and adventure, with a good dose of humour too! We will read prose, verse and drama in English translations, and discuss the books in class.
Tutor: Vernitski, Anat
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: England and the Continent in the Age of Bede
Course Number: C2226633
Course Description: The is centred on the period from 590 to 793, dates bounded by the pontificate of Gregory the great (590-604) and the Viking attack on the monastery of Lindisfarne in 793. Whilst our field is largely England, we range over Europe as it was in the 6th to the early 9th centuries, reflecting on the situations developing in Rome and Italy, teasing truth from tall tales and legends from Merovingian and Early Carolingian Gaul, and exploring elements of the Scandinavian and Germanic world of the period. Throughout the course, we home in on the life and work of Bede, renowned as one of the greatest and most influential of all the earlier medieval scholars and historians. In our examination of his life, work and influence, we assess his contribution to our own understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture.
Tutor: Bloomfield, Michael
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Writing for Beginners
Course Number: C2226637
Course Description: This introduction to creative writing will teach you the skills and confidence you need to tackle the blank page. We will learn about plot, character, dialogue, setting and much much more. Petra McQueen is a published writer with nearly thirty years of teaching experience.
Tutor: McQueen, Petra
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Musical Postcards - Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Course Number: C2226635
Course Description: Explore and enjoy classical music written to depict specific places, events or people. This tour encompasses Scotland, Northern ireland and Wales. Examples will include familair pieces such as Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture which also reminds us that he was an artist as well as composer and some of Berlioz's orchestral music inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott, as well as the unfamiliar. No prior knowledge of classical music is required.
Tutor: Green, Chris
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Workshop of the World: A Social History of Nineteenth-Century Britain 1815-1914
Course Number: C2226640
Course Description: The hotly debated 'Condition of England' question was a phrase used by contemporaries to describe the challenging social issues of the day that confronted Victorians in their rapidly industrialising world. The course will provide an introduction to the important social issues of nineteenth century including, public heath, charity and philanthropy, education, poverty, women's rights, and the development of the welfare state.
Tutor: Doney, Simon
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: History of Colchester - Part 2
Course Number: C2226638
Course Description: Topics for discussion will include the Plague, the Hythe, the Georgian Town, the Rag Trade, the Victorians, Edwardians and much more. The course will also include a field trip in the form of a guided walking tour of Colchester.
Tutor: Denney, Patrick S
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Pointless? Conceptualism in the arts with reference to music
Course Number: C2226641
Course Description: From Dada and Duchamp to Ono and Enim, this course will explore the way in which conceptualism changed the way we listen, see and feel about the arts with particular reference to the influence of conceptualism on music and musicians. With traditional aesthetics, material concerns and forms apparently overthrown how do we account for the huge influence of collage, minimalism and repetition on the 20th and 21st century art and music outputs of major composers, lyricists and cross-over artists. Christo, Lennon and many more artists will surge through our deliberation and debate.
Tutor: Tamblyn, Bill
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk