There are a wide variety of one day courses and evening talks throughout the year. One day courses are an excellent way to introduce yourself to the WEA and sample the quality and breadth of the learning options available.

These courses tend to be very popular: so please contact us on the telephone numbers shown if you are interested and we will endeavour to fit you in!

Tea and coffee are usually, but not always, included in the Fee. Lunch arrangements are indicated but the duration of the lunch break may vary - the branch will be able to supply further details.

The following is a list in date order of both Federation and Branch one-day courses in Essex held recently or soon to be held. To search by branch, please go to the Branches page.

The Essex Federation Spring One Day School has been revised.

One Day School Leaflet Spring 2019 revised

 


Course Title: Day School: Great Bardfield Artists - the Essex Avant -Garde?
Course Number: C2226913
Course Description: Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, John Aldridge and Marianne Straub were some among a large, loosely knit artistic community focused on Great Bardfield and nearby villages. These artists worked as painters, print-makers, ceramic and fabric designers, eschewing the traditional divisions between art and craft. They used bold forms and clear bright colours in paintings of both the local countryside and further afield: they were a true Essex avant-garde. This Day School explores and celebrates 'our' Essex artists and focuses in on some of their fascinating artworks.
Tutor: Eckersley, Rosanna
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 28/09/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Scandals or Your Mother's Worst Nightmare
Course Number: C2226912
Course Description: Scandals come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, what is scandalous in one age is probably tame in another. The reason for this is a change cultural norms. This will be the basis of the day course. We will initially examine a scandal from the early 17th Century, the Overbury Scandal. This is about sex, politics and power. We will go on to look at the Dreyfus affair, a scandal emanating from a divided society in which anti-Semitism flourished. Finally, we will look at the Jeremy Thorpe / Norman Scott affair, something which simply could not happen today, so much has changed in relation to homosexuality. We will examine the scandals through power point presentations and through primary source material. There will be time to discuss and feedback, indded the course relies on it. Most of all, I hope it will be enjoyable.
Tutor: Till, Richard
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 14/09/19
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Victoria- Grandmother of Europe
Course Number: C2226915
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 the 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: Mills, Margaret
Venue: Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 28/03/20
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £20.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Mixing with Music
Course Number: C2226976
Course Description: How do the sounds in nature recaptured in music?_x000D_ Why are hymns in church usually have such high notes to sing?_x000D_ How far does music reflect the architecture over the different centuries?
Tutor: Benziger, Quintus
Venue: Feering Community Centre (Feering)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 23/11/19
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £14.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Guided Walk: Coggeshall
Course Number: C2226929
Course Description: A guided walk around the village of Coggeshall. Explore the Wool Town of Coggeshall and identify some of the 200 listed buildings, discuss one of Europe's oldest timber framed buildings and a magnificent wool church and Paycockes.
Tutor: Speaker, Guest
Venue: Clock Tower (Colchester)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 03/09/19
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £5.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School:Venice -a history of a great Mediterranean power, its art and culture
Course Number: C2226943
Course Description: A one day school in which you will examine the ceremonial aspects of the city during the Renaissance, explore how Venice celebrated_x000D_ various events and gain an understanding of the art and culture of the most serene republic.
Tutor: Speaker, Guest
Venue: Feering Community Centre (Feering)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 23/11/19
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £13.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: The Treaty of Versailles and its Fallout
Course Number: C2226957
Course Description: The Versailles Settlement of 1919 has long been seen as a massively flawed set of treaties and a cause of the Second World War. In this day school we consider the aims of the makers and the circumstances in which they worked. We will look at how the several treaties with the defeated nations came into being, analyse their shortcomings and their impact on the world today. You may even find your view of the settlement changed by what we study.
Tutor: Cooke, Roger
Venue: Feering Community Centre (Feering)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 23/11/19
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £14.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Day School: Medieval Festivities and Entertainments in East Anglia
Course Number: C2226917
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 cove includer- Christmas, Easter, spring and summer Celebrations; music, dancing and play-going; drinkings and Church Ales; sports and games; pilgrimage.
Tutor: Jewell, Katharine
Venue: School Room Tollesbury Congregational Church (Tollesbury)
Course Length: One Day
Date: 25/04/20
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £19.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk