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Lecture 196 - The Sagrada Familia: an architectural masterpiece

Started in 1882 and still unfinished to this day, the Sagrada Família has become an icon of Barcelona, of Catalan 'modernisme' and of Gaudí’s architectural style. 

In this talk with WEA tutor Caroline Levisse, we will explore the origins of the project and discover the main stages of its development. As we look at the architectural elements, we will see how Gaudí looked to nature for inspiration and created innovative solutions in the design of this spectacular church.

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Lecture 197 - Caroline Herschel: an astronomer in her own right

Caroline Herschel was one of the most remarkable women in science history. An accomplished singer before becoming involved in astronomy, she was the first woman to earn a salary as a scientist (discovering 3 nebulae and 8 comets) and the first woman in England to hold a government position - all the while keeping house in Bath for her astronomer brother William. Physically challenged since she contracted typhus at the age of 10, she remained at the height of 4'3" but lived and worked to the age of 97.

Join WEA tutor Alison Warren to explore Caroline’ life, work and legacy and gain an insight into her lively and curious personality.

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Lecture 199 - Songs, soundtrack albums & psychedelia: film scoring in the 1960s

The end of the US studio system, a revitalised British film industry, and the emergence of pop music as a cultural force; it was a perfect storm.

Squeeze into your best bellbottoms and join writer, teacher and WEA tutor Christopher Budd to explore how composers and filmmakers on both sides of the Atlantic tackled the challenges and opportunities of film scoring in the decade which brought us Bond, Bullitt and Blow-Up.