Branch: COLCHESTER

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2020/21 Courses


Course Title: An introduction to antiques, vintage items and collectables
Course Number: C2228401
Course Description: Professional antiques dealer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying, selling or collecting in these areas. We will explore the different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from or sold at auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. Students will acquire techniques for researching and identifying a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.
Tutor: Stephen Jeffery-Poul
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: British Poetry 1900 - 1970
Course Number: C2228425
Course Description: From modernist experiment to post-modern playfulness, from Georgian convention to free-verse confession, and from Edwardian poetry of empire to post-imperial multiculturalism, the course will explore the extraordinary diversity of British poetry in the 20th century. The variety of modes in which 20th century poets found their individual voices reflects the rapid process of change in technology, ideas and the nature of British society itself. The course will consider some of the key movements that influenced the development of poetry as well as focusing on the work of major poetic figures.
Tutor: David Read
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 18/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: How to read Medieval Documents for Beginners
Course Number: C2228402
Course Description: This course a gentle introduction to reading documents in Latin from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, particularly those useful to local and family historians. In this course you will be introduced to a variety of documents as well as tips for reading them. No knowledge of medieval Latin is required as the necessary vocabulary and techniques for reading medieval handwriting are an essential part of the course.
Tutor: Kate Jewell
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: English Monarchy 15th to 20th Century
Course Number: C2228403
Course Description: Over the last 500 years or so the English (later British) monarchy has changed much. This course outlines those changes and explores the factors behind the emergence of the world's first and arguably most successful constitutional monarchy
Tutor: Roger Cooke
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: Friendly Invasion
Course Number: C2228424
Course Description: In December 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and America was drawn into World War Two, declaring war on the Axis Powers. By February 1942, the first handful of US airmen arrived in Britain, the beginning of “The Friendly Invasion”. This course explores the build up of American personnel in East Anglia and studies the development of US air-power in the region. It examines the social and cultural impact of some400,000 young men on mainly rural communities: race relations; crime; social attitudes; GI Brides etc. It will encompass the establishment of airfields dwarfing nearby villages; the aircraft and weaponry; how the vast aerial armadas were assembled plus strategy and tactics. The big picture will be interspersed with personal accounts and stories illustrating the heroism, drama and tragedies affecting families and lives both here and in America.
Tutor: Ian McLachlan
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/01/22
No. of Weeks: 7
Fee: £55.30
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Course Title: Nobel Prize Winning Writers
Course Number: C2228404
Course Description: his course introduces students to a range of Nobel Prize winning writers and their respective novels, with the aim of considering different nationalities of literature as well as the social and political climates in which these novels were written. We will consider Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun's 'Pan', American writer Sinclair Lewis's 'It Can't Happen Here', Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe's 'The Silent Cry', German writer Heinrich Boll's 'The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum', and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago's 'Blindness'. These novels have been chosen to represent a range of cultures as well as a broad spectrum of literature published over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries for which the Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded.
Tutor: Abbie Saunders
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 21/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: Every Picture Tells A Story
Course Number: C2228721
Course Description: Paintings can be full of information in the form of signs, symbols and allegories; they tell us not only about the painter and their inspiration, but also about the age in which they were created. The 19th century was a time of heated debate about the role art should occupy and many artists themselves were questioning ideas about society, institutions, human relationships and changes fostered by The Enlightenment and the industrial and agrarian changes of the 18th and 19th centuries. There was also a move towards subjects that appealed to the affluent – often newly-affluent – middle-class market, who did not have centuries of family tradition and land ownership behind them, unlike the traditional aristocracy. Many people felt that art should have an educational function and a high moral tone, to elevate the viewer’s mind, with a message to make the viewer think. John Ruskin, a key figure in the 19th century art world, believed in the power of art to transform people’s lives.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 11/02/22
No. of Weeks: 9
Fee: £57.60
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