Branch: SAFFRON WALDEN

Contact: Helen Wood
Telephone: 01799 516095
Email: helenvdwood@icloud.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: The Aztecs and Maya Ancient and Modern
Course Number: C2226710
Course Description: Mexico and Guatemala are one of the world's original hearths of civilization. The region's distinctive tradition coalesced about 3000 years ago. We shall trace its formation and the emergence of the Olmecs before accounting for the rise, florescence and decline of the Maya among the forests and mountains of the east, the Zapotecs in the south and the monumental city of Teotihuacan. Then we shall account for the new cycle of development that began 900 centuries ago, including the Maya revival and culminating in the Aztec empire and its great capital. We shall consider the Spanish Conquest, which began 500 years ago. It decimated population and the subsequent colonization and missionary conversion ruined much of the tradition. Yet features have survived in parts of the region to this day. They offers lessons for the rest of the world; but for much longer can the tradition last? Our evidence ranges from archeology to history and ethnography.
Tutor: James, Nicholas
Venue: Garden Room (Saffron Walden)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 19:30
Duration: 1.50 hrs
Date: 25/09/19
No. of Weeks: 9
Fee: £52.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Working Lives
Course Number: C2226711
Course Description: Work occupies most people's lives, paid or unpaid, but what most of us do to earn a living has changed radically over five hundred years. We'll look at individual lives in different fields, from the fields, literally, to the home, the workshop, the factory and the store, the surgery and the office in different parts of England over that time. We'll use contemporary sources from the personal - diaries, letters, domestic inventories - to official reports, legislation and even the comments of the novelist. All these and images whether painted or photographic contribute to our appreciation of the broader aspects of social history as well as to the life histories of our own ancestors.
Tutor: Ridout, Honor
Venue: Garden Room (Saffron Walden)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 19:30
Duration: 1.50 hrs
Date: 22/01/20
No. of Weeks: 9
Fee: £52.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk