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History: Classical Mythology and its Symbolism

Are you fascinated by myths and mythology? Then this is the course for you! On this 10-week, online course you will read from, explore and enjoy selections from an array of the great texts that belong to the body of work and traditions of the Classical world. You will discuss the fascination that mythology continues to have over the modern mind, thinking about how and why these works and stories still resonate and have related to us for so long, as well as setting them against their own time and seeking to understand their original purpose. In doing so we will evaluate genre, style and form, as well as considering authorship and the culture through appraising the backgrounds and situations of each text and particular writers whilst also looking into modern art and culture that draws on these myths for influence; all texts will be read in English translation and it is hoped that you will take the analytic skills you gain on this course back into your community or your workplace. No experience is necessary, just bring your enthusiasm!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/01/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00012608
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

History: History of the English Language

From the great Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England through to the English we speak today, this course explores the language via raiders and traders, taking you on a journey through some of the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape the English language. We will explore the evolution of our language from its origins with the Anglo-Saxon settlement; the Viking invasion; the words of the Bible; the effect of Shakespeare and the English bards; Sea travel and Naval slang; pronunciation with all its differences, and accents and dialect.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (Berkhamsted)
289 High Street
Berkhamsted
HP4 1AJ
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013343
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Art Practical: Mixed Media for beginners

This course will introduce you to several different mix-media techniques enabling you to develop you own style and understanding of working with a variety of art materials from paints to textural papers or fabrics and other creative items. Touching on the history of mix-media and well-known artists who use the mix-media techniques. Whether you have discovered and worked within mix-media before or are new to this skill, join this course to share and develop your own knowledge and skills with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
George Pearce House
Independent Living Hub
George Pearce House
Minchinhampton
Stroud
GL6 9LA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00013722
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: A Global History of Empire

Ever wanted to learn more about the global world? This course aims to provide an introduction to the global history of Empire by exploring the different ways they rose, functioned, and fell, and their legacy in our own times.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 04/04/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Long Sutton Village Hall (Long Sutton)
Martock Road
Long Sutton
TA10 9NT
Tutor:
Greg Morter
Course code:
Q00013536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

History: Art, Architecture and Photography in the 1930s

This course aims to introduce you to the work of artists, architects and photographers of the 1930s, with close attention to historical context. It is suitable for both those who are new to the history of art, and for students who may have previously attended art history courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Michaela Cranmer
Course code:
Q00009648
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £40.00

Advanced Latin

Are you enthralled by the Ancient world? This advanced Latin course is ideal for language and history enthusiasts alike. Develop advanced language skills in Latin as well as a deep understanding of the historical context in which it was written. Latin has hundreds of applications in contemporary contexts. If you are interested in language learning, literature, law, medicine, or botany, this course will fascinate you. This Latin course aims to help you find greater joy in modern literature by understanding its Latin underpinnings. Develop critical thinking and consider the impact of Latin literature on modern society and debates.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Penelope Fewster
Course code:
Q00012451
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £111.00

Art Appreciation: Women in Art - 1550 - 2000

Who were the women artists? Why do we know so little about them? Who has not wondered why it is that women have not featured in the story telling of Art except as muses and as models? The course will cover the periods of the late Renaissance, the Seventeenth century, and the mid Nineteenth century until the present day. Gain an insight into ways in which art education, studio set ups, and the writing about art have enabled some members of society to become well known and others obscure. This course is for anyone with an interest in either Art and its history, or women’s issues.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 24/02/2024 -
Sat 24/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Swaffham Community Centre (Swaffham)
Iceni Partnership
Campingland
Swaffham
PE37 7RB
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013239
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £25.00

History: The History of Essex in 10 objects

Essex museums are full of wonderful and sometimes surprising objects. Join us as we unlock the secrets of some of these and discover what they tell us about everyday life in Essex in the past. Drawing from collections across the county, we will cover a range of times and topics and give you some ideas for places to visit next and how to get the most out of your visit.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Bardfield Quaker Meeting House (Great Ba
Brook Street
Great Bardfield
CM7 4RG
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013354
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: Daily Life in Egypt

Sources from ancient Egypt don’t just tell us about tombs and death, we can learn a lot about life over 3000 years ago as well. Egyptians could write frankly, satirically, or even humorously providing a fascinating insight into an ancient society. In a course suitable for all we consider topics such as work, play, education, games, birth, death, love and more. You will read texts and view images from ancient Egypt in order to explore and evaluate the evidence for the daily life of individuals and the elite in ancient Egypt

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
1:45pm - 4:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Wanstead House (London)
21 The Green
Wanstead
London
E11 2NT
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00012110
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £52.50

Nature, Ecology & Permaculture: Beliefs, Monuments and the Landscape

This course explores the values and activities in the landscape that reach beyond the simply economic and which relate to culture, aesthetics and religion with specific reference to the British Isles. You will consider the relationship between humans and the landscape throughout history discussing the symbolism of monuments created, beliefs, folklore, legends and aspects of social behaviour. The tutor will enable you to consider this relationship for the earliest humans, through the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman times, into the middle ages and the importance of the landscape in modern times. No previous knowledge or experience of landscape history is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Hadrian Cook
Course code:
Q00012254
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £37.00