Saturday, 29 April 2017

ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL- EXCITING EVENTS IN SUSSEX UK - FUN AS WELL AS FACTUAL
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Adult Education courses and classes 
2017 

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JUNE:


Surrenden Road, Brighton
(Free car park , bus no. 5b stops outside)
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"BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL"- 
Victorian Arts & Crafts
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   A reaction to mass production, the Arts and Crafts Movement was a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who aimed to raise the status of the applied arts (useful)  to that of the fine arts (aesthetically significant).

It was largely inspired and led by William Morris, whose firm produced hand-made textiles, books, wallpapers and furniture. The idea was to return to the use of natural materials and make individual items. The style was full of colour, as were the paintings – mainly narrative, full of symbolic meaning, especially the Pre-Raphaelites.

Lots of fabulous illustrations
SATURDAY 17 JUNE 11am-2pm

Fee £22 Tel: 01273 546602


Courses currently running May-June 2017
1940s and the Homefront in Wartime
We study domestic, working and social life on the home-front during World War Two, the impact it had during this period and its life-changing effects post-war.
Monday 5 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 24 April Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM091

Art Deco, Modernism and the 'Jazz Age' 1918-1939

Course focuses on the new, iconic and very distinctive post-WWI style that emerged 1920s & '30s. 
Illustrated with slides, books, images and film clips, including period travelogues.
Monday 5 weeks 6.30-8.30pm start 24 AprilFee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM452

Exploring Brighton's Rich History: 2 classroom sessions and 3 field trips
Fascinating history of Brighton in two classroom sessions giving a brief historical overview and looking at early maps, ollowed by three field trips, getting to know our unique city.
Saturday 5 weeks 11am-1pm start 6 May Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM081

  City College at Whitehawk Inn
The Victorians 1851-1875
Rich and poor - their living conditions, leisure activities, education and campaigning women.
Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm start 3 May Fee £75 (£10 MB/VOL) £30 EBPC   FULL

Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean
Edwardians: Extravagance and Economy 1900-1914
We study what life was really like in the short  golden age before war was to change the idyll of elegant living for the affluent few compared with abject poverty for the working class. 
5 weeks Monday 10.15am-12.15pm start 8 May Fee £50, £30 (Woodingdean residents under 65), £15 (over 65, MTB)

Preston Village Open Day
Free events for all the family in Preston Park, St Peter's Church and Preston Manor, including guided mini-tours by Sarah Tobias
Saturday 24 June 10am-5pm

The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean
(Museum and Library)
SEA PICTURES
Readings  by Anita Gilson & Sarah Tobias
to accompany Mike Bensley's exhibition of paintings
who will give a short talk before the readings.
Sunday 30 July 2-3pm
Refreshments including cream teas available 
after the readings served in the garden if fine.

KIPLING'S POEMS
Read by Sarah Tobias & Anita Gilson
August afternoon date tba
Refreshments including cream teas available 
after the readings served in the garden if fine.


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   7-10 September Heritage Open Days - free events, talks, tours open houses.      Brighton Open Doors: http://www.rth.org.uk/whats-on/open-door  
The Regency Town Walk
Brighton Woodvale Cemetery Tour Sunday 10 September 11am
Guided by Sarah Tobias
2017/18

Autumn 2017

Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702
We study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s role in this period which includes Civil War (1642-1651) and Interregnum (1649-1660) when England was in military power under Oliver Cromwell. After the 1688 Glorious Revolution came a time of restoration and rebuilding including Christopher Wren’s St Pauls Cathedral. This interesting, exciting period witnessed foundation of the Bank of England (1694), growth of London, trade and science.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, prints and paintings. 
10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm. Start Mon 18 September 2017 (end 27 Nov)  

Cinema and Society 1896-1960
We study history and experience of cinema-going, exploring how screen reflected society and how much society influenced filmmakers. We discuss origins, cinematic experiments, Hove pioneers, cinemas, stars, directors and cinema staff together with social trends, including cultural and local history, wartime and 1950s second cinema boom and slump. The advent of rock ‘n’ roll meant a new generation of cinema-goers who rolled in the aisles and rocked the cinemas. 
Illustrated with film clips and powerpoint slideshows. 
10 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 19 September 2017 (end 5 Dec)
N.B. no class 17 October       

The Novel as Social History: 20C Women Writers
Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history and book club. 
Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We study the social and cultural history by exploring background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life.
THIS TERM: 20c women writers include Barbara Pym and Marghanita Laski. Full reading list available from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.
5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm starting 23 September (end 18 Nov)    

Autumn Single Saturday
Looking at Art as Social History: Victorian Narrative Painting 
Victorian narrative painting opens up our view of art, enabling us to see and enjoy it in a totally different way. Full of symbolism, it exposes features we hardly notice - informing us about the period and its massive social and cultural changes. Artists were painting domestic scenes and 'real life' and were not afraid of controversial subjects which might shock.
We look at paintings, drawings, fashion plates, cartoons and advertising posters and all is illustrated with many powerpoint slides.
  Saturday 11 October 2017 11am-3pm  Fee £20
                                    
A Sussex Christmas: customs, myths and legends of winter in the festive season 
We study origins, meanings and significance of fascinating winter and Christmas customs from Pagan to mid-twentieth century; learn how traditions evolved, discover who Saint Nicholas was, the godforms that became Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and discover some of the myths and legends surrounding Christmas in Sussex from Winchelsea to Rye. We discover lots of interesting and entertaining information including reminiscences of a family Christmas in a tiny cottage in Rottingdean. 
Illustrated with powerpoint slidesows, books and documentary. 
                        Saturday 25 November 2017 11am-3pm  Fee £20                               

Brighton Metropolitan College (City College) 
at Whitehawk Community Centre
Late Victorian Britain 1875-1902
We focus on cultural aspects of society, considering and contrasting expansion and development, and reflecting on wider issues surrounding debates on effects of change in society, community as a whole and women's status.
Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm Start 20 September  
Fee £75 (£10 MTB/VOL) £30 EBPC

BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE (City College) 
AT PRESTON MANOR – Unique venue
This historic house, at the end of Preston Park, decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, is a delightfully unique and hugely atmospheric setting for studying. The tutor is also a house guide and lecturer.

The Edwardians (1900-1910) 
We study the short ‘Golden Age’ before ‘the black pit of war’ (J.B. Priestley’s description) that was to change the idyll of elegant living for the wealthy socialising on a grand scale, but was also a tarnished age for the poor living in slums. We compare domestic, social and cultural life, including how paintings and literature depicted society. Includes house tours above and below stairs.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts.
8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Mon 03 October 2017 (end 28 Nov) 
 
Surrenden Road, Brighton 
(bus no. 5b stops outside)
An Edwardians Christmas  
A delightfully nostalgic exploration of Christmas customs and traditions. We study how wealthy Edwardian families enjoyed an elegant festive season packed with many of the traditions we still enjoy today, such as cards, gifts, games, greenery, decorations, tree and roast dinner with delightful desserts followed by games. We compare this with the meagre but special Christmas for the poor and for which families saved to enjoy festive food and tiny treats and toys for the children.
Saturday 2 December 11am-2pm

SPRING 2018
Eighteenth-Century England from Anne to George II (1702-1760)
We study morals, manners, fashions and foibles of the period and contrast culture, industry, the Enlightenment and literature with a world of gambling, vice, drunkenness, thieves and rascals - of all classes. We discuss innovations and changes leading up to modernization, including advances in agriculture, new styles of architecture, gardens, grounds and public buildings, and look at social and domestic life. A fascinating period which includes flight and computers. 
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts.
Monday 10 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 15 January

Making Waves: the development of Brighton – a unique resort
We study Brighton’s history, discussing possible explanations for its rise in popularity, fame, infamy, and unique development; considering why a poor fishing town should have developed into something more than just a seaside resort. We focus on aspects that have made Brighton an unusual resort, including its ‘racy’ image and interwar razor gangs. Other topics include poverty and slum housing and how rapid expansion causes problems as well as prosperity.
Illustrated with maps, powerpoint slideshows, prints, paintings and texts
Tuesday 10 weeks 7-9pm start 16 January

SPRING Saturday course:
The Novel as Social History: Comparing 20th Century Male and Female Novelists
Unique course comprising social and cultural history and book club
Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We study the social and cultural history by exploring background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is not the main theme, but which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of period and general minutiae of everyday life. 
THIS TERM: novelists include Nevil Shute and Monica Dickens. Full reading list available from tutor: and you are expected to participate in group discussion. 
5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-1pm start 13 January

BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE (City College) 
AT PRESTON MANOR – Unique venue
This historic house, at the end of Preston Park, decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, is a delightfully unique and hugely atmospheric setting for studying. The tutor is also a house guide and lecturer.

In the Shadow of the Century: Life and leisure 1900-1914
We study social conditions, domestic and working life for all classes in town and country; the arts, literature, fashion, travel, leisure, holidays and early cinema. The summer season’s giddy whirl for women of fashion was in sharp contrast to poor wives and mothers trying to keep a decent home and the family fed.  Includes house tours. 
Tuesday 8 weeks 1-3pm start 23 January 

SPRING Single Saturdays  at Brighton Metropolitan (City College), Pelham Street:
Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning
Death and mourning were part of everyday life in Victorian England. Death played an intricate and symbolic role. Mourning was filled with ritual and lasted a long time - two years for a widow - and spawned much industry in the way of clothing, jewellery, teapots, stationery and everything associated with undertaking.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows – plus a rare opportunity to view short b&w film “Dido’s Lament: Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning”, screened 2014. 
Saturday 03 February 11am-3pm Fee £20

Space, Light & Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939
The Decorative Movement, Modernism or ‘moderne’, later described as ‘Art Deco’ was based on classical and other influences, including Egyptian - after the 1922 opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The distinctive iconic style of space, light and speed, utilised modern technology and innovations such as plastic, chrome, aluminium and electricity. Smooth lines and geometric patterns featured on architecture, advertising, fashion, jewellery,                                            furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, metalware, technology and cinema.                               Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books and paintings. and texts
Saturday 17 March 11am-3pm Fee £20


Surrenden Road, Brighton 
(bus no. 5b stops outside)
"Beautiful and Useful" - Victorian Arts & Crafts 
A reaction to mass production, the Arts and Crafts Movement was a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who aimed to raise the status of the applied arts (useful) to that of the fine arts (aesthetically significant).  It was largely inspired by William Morris, whose firm produced hand-made textiles, books, wallpapers and furniture. The idea was to return to the use of natural materials and make individual items. The style was full of colour, as were the paintings - mainly narrative, full of symbolic meanings, especially the Pre-Raphaelites. 
Lots of fabulous illustrations. 
Saturday 3 March 11am-2pm


Summer 2018
Innovation and Experiment: Georgian England 1760-1800
Monday 5 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 16 April

From Page to Screen: the film of the novel
Tuesday 5 weeks 7-9pm start 17 April

SUMMER Saturday courses
Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!
2 Saturdays 11am-2pm 21 April & 5 May

Summer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique history
2 classroom sessions & 3 Brighton field trips
11am-1pm  start 12 May
Sarah Tobias MA, BA Hons, Dip Eur Hum
Entertaining lecturer in social, cultural and local (Brighton, Sussex, UK) history
Contact me for talks/guided walks/visits for groups, clubs, societies.
Current list of 30+ topics
Also contact me for poetry readings and narrations.

More information about me, my subjects, research and contact:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-tobias-0318943a?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile 
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Courses -Venue Addresses, transport and refreshments
Brighton Metroplitan College MET (formerly City College)
Pelham Street, Brighton BN1 4FA
Location:
Behind York Place & London Road, turn up Cheapside – Aldi supermarket on corner. Or, turn left in Trafalgar St walking down from Station.
Transport & Parking:
Lots of buses nearby.
Nearby car park, about 5 minutes walk.
Railway station few minutes walk
Refreshments and further information:
Restaurant. Tea and coffee bar on balcony of Main Building.
Coffee shops, small cafés and public houses in nearby London Road 
London Road and Trafalgar Street: many shops, some banks and supermarkets

Whitehawk Inn Community Centre
Whitehawk Road Brighton, BN2 3NS
Transport & Parking:
Buses stop nearby and some outside venue
Metered street car parking
Refreshments:
Café and garden area
Further information:
Shops, Co-op, public library in same road.
Few minutes walk to sea, beach and Marina or East Brighton Park

Varndean College
Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ
Transport & Parking:
Car park, bus no. 5b stops outside
Refreshments:
Vending machine for cold drinks

Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6ND
Transport & Parking:
Car park outside Library and Community Centre over the road, opposite church hall. Bus nos 2, 22 stop nearby.
Refreshments:
Tea-making facilities in hall. Small cafes nearby. Downs Hotel almost next door serves tea, coffee and refreshments at bar and has outside area. 
Further information:
Woodingdean public library over the road. Shops, Co-op, dry cleaners nearby

Preston Manor
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD
Location:
Situated at end of Preston Park.
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Free parking outside and in adjacent street.
Refreshments:
No cafe. Refreshments provided by staff 
Chalet restaurant in park and public houses opposite

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