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Booking for Autumn 2021 courses opens at 9.30am on Monday 2 August.

Please note booking links will not be live until this time.

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge or St Pauls. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.


American History

Depression and War:  America in the 30s and 40s  

An overview of the Great Depression, America’s experiment with  ‘socialism,’ the extraordinary presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt and the war that saved democracy and the US. This course will be delivered online  using ZOOM 

Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm Russell Walker 

10 sessions from 28 September   £140/£84  HRW1           ONLINE    

 

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm Russell Walker 

10 sessions from 30 September   £140 / £84  HRW2           Online    

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The Case for Reparations:  A Short Course for Black History Month  

This  course will examine the controversial issue of the United States government paying reparations to descendants of enslaved people.  Proposals and precedents will be discussed and debated.    This course will be delivered online  using ZOOM 

Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm     Russell Walker 

2 sessions on 13 & 20 October   £32/£20  HRW3           ONLINE                                                                                                              

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Ancient Greek History

NEW  Ancient History taster session: An introduction to Herodotus 

This short one-off ‘taster’ course will introduce the student to the man known both as ‘the father of history’ and ‘the father of lies’ and will demonstrate why his work is such an important part of western literature. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Thursday  7pm to 9pm     Richard Stride 

1 session on 23 September   £16/£10    HRS1       Stoke Lodge   

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NEW  Ancient History taster session: Daily Life in Ancient Rome 

This short one-off ‘taster’ session will take the students on a lightening tour of a range of aspects ranging from education to gladiators, uncovering some interesting and not-so-familiar information on the way.  This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge 

Thursday  7pm to 9pm     Richard Stride 

1 session on 7 October   £16/£10    HRS2    Stoke Lodge      

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NEW  Ancient History taster session: An introduction to Greek theatre 

Our modern media can trace its ancestry straight back to the stages of ancient Athens. This short ‘taster course’ will outline the origins of Greek theatre as a religious ritual, and how it emerged into the twin strands of ‘comedy’ and ‘tragedy’. We will look at both of these strands as well as how the plays were staged with a tiny number of actors and a larger chorus. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Tuesday  10am to 12.30pm     Richard Stride 

2 sessions on 21 & 28 September   £40/£24    HRS3    Stoke Lodge     

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NEW  Ancient History taster session: An introduction to ancient Sparta 

The Spartans created a reputation that has lasted throughout the centuries – even today we use the term ‘Spartan’ as a descriptive. But what were they really like? This short ‘taster course’ will outline how Spartan society was organised, including their unique family and education systems. The course will demonstrate why Spartans became feared for their military skill at the same time as being admired for their ‘laconic’ sense of humour. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Tuesday  10am to 12.30pm     Richard Stride 

3 sessions from 5 October   £60/£36    HRS4        Stoke Lodge       

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NEW  Women in ancient Greece and Rome 

Everyone can name a Roman emperor or two, but how many of us know about the lives of ordinary women in the ancient world? This course will focus on a range of women from both Greece and Rome whose voices still speak to us across the centuries. We will see how the surviving evidence lets us see the ancient world from a different perspective as we look into the lives of an eclectic selection of women drawn from both the Greek and Roman world.  This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge  

Tuesday  10am to 12pm     Richard Stride 

6 sessions from 2 November   £96/£58    HRS5    Stoke Lodge     

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European History

Europe of the Enlightenment 1700-1789 

The heart of the course is the revolution in thought that challenged centuries old ways. We also examine the military and diplomatic jockeyings of the major powers (France, Spain, Austria and Prussia) and their internal politics. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM 

Monday 7pm – 9pm John Stevens 

10 sessions from 20 September  £140 / £84   HJS1          Stoke Lodge      

 

Thursday 1pm – 3pm John Stevens 

10 sessions from 23 September  £140 / £84   HJS2        Stoke Lodge      

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British Prime Ministers from Pitt to Palmerston 1784-1865 

Beginning and ending with the towering figures of William Pitt and Lord Palmerston, we explore many lesser known but fascinating figures too, teasing out their political and personal lives. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM 

Wednesday 1pm – 3pm John Stevens 

10 sessions from 22 September  £140 / £84   HJS3      Stoke Lodge       

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French History


Writers and Politics in France (18th-20th century)  –  held in English  

From the 18th century, French writers were often involved in the politics of their time. This course will explore the intricate links between the literary and politic world, and how, at times, these talented voices changed the destiny of their country.  This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM

Thursdays 1pm to 3pm   Magali Vidal        

5 sessions from 4 November  £70/£42  LFH4     Stoke  Lodge    

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Black History Month Lectures 

The Slave-Ship Hannibal and all who sailed on Her. (1693-1695). 

Black History Month: Britain’s history and involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This course will be delivered online using ZOOM 

Wednesday 2pm to 4pm Rosemary Caldicott 

1 session on 13 October  £18/£12 SHR5         Online      

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