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🌞   S U M M E R    2 0 2 2   🌞 

 An exciting and unusual event!
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Study day at the West Pier Centre, Brighton
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Patrick Hamilton’s “The West Pier” 
followed by cocktails or/and tea at Metropole Hotel or ic360 West Beech Restaurant
We study social, cultural, local and West Pier history, characters and events within Patrick Hamilton’s excellent novel. 
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The morning session will be followed by a short seafront tour and after our afternoon session we will go across the road to the Metropole Hotel for a cocktail or cup of tea or coffee. The hotel features in the novel. Illustrated with powerpoint slideshow.
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You'll be greeted with tea, coffee or cold drink and biscuits. Bring a packed lunch to eat on beach/forecourt. Several nearby cafes. 
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Please read the short novel before the session.
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Fee £28 (Does not include refreshments at Metropole for which you pay separately. Cocktails from £9.50, pot of tea or coffee £4.50. 
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Lecturer and guide is ex-West Pier tour guide
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Additional date below
Tuesday 16 August 11am-4pm
Places are limited to twelve - early booking essential
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Book via EventBrite (booking fee applies) £29.76
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/patrick-hamiltons-the-west-pier-a-study-day-tickets-319458377607?aff=ebdssbdestsearch  | Enq: 01273 321499/info@westpier.co.uk


                      Brighton & Hove Open Door 2022  
                    Heritage Open Days (9-18 September 2022) 
England’s largest grass roots heritage festival involving over 40,000 volunteers and 5,000      events. A chance to see hidden places and try new experiences – all of which are FREE                 
Woodvale Crematorium (cemetery) Brighton, BN2 3QB
Guided tour

More than gravestones.

Beautiful, grounds, full of trees and winding pathways.  We view monuments, statues, symbolism and chapels as well as the grave 
in a glade of Thomas Highflyer the rescued 12 year old slave boy.

Saturday 10 September £Free. Pre-booking only. Limited to 20 places

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-grand-cemetery-tour-tickets-387931332057

Meet Bear Road entrance (not Lewes Road) at free car park.

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📢 2022-23 ** ADULT EDUCATION COURSES  ** 
                                                                                        START SEPTEMBER 2022
DETAILS OF MY HISTORY COURSES AT BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE (MET):
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-part-time
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TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON: 1A Pelham Street, BN1 4FA
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk Tel 01273 667704/667788
COVID PRECAUTIONS:  FACE COVERING MAY BE WORN IF YOU WISH IN CLASSROOMS  AND PUBLIC AREAS. WINDOWS ARE KEPT OPEN, SANITIZERS FREELY AVAILABLE

PLEASE TEST AT HOME PRIOR TO ATTENDING CLASS, THOUGH NOT MANDATORY. DO NOT ATTEND CLASS IF YOU HAVE COVID OR SYMPTOMS OR COLD/COUGH OR FEEL UNWELL.

2022-2023 COURSE DETAILS 
Early enrolment essential to secure your place

This is a work in progress and takes a long time  to  complete

All my MET history courses are here: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-part-time

All other courses and events here on this blog..

MET Courses are taught at MET Pelham Street unless otherwise stated

AUTUMN 2022

Life, Work and Leisure in Late Victorian Britain (1865-1895)

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.

We look at various transforming revolutions which impacted on society, including advances in technology, the electrical revolution of 1870, and scientific thought - some of which caused landowners to reconsider agricultural methods of farming; this in turn effecting changes in rural and urban life. During this period there was considerable migration from country to town which brought about changes in traditional ways of living. Plus, we consider other facets which remained constant, such as the huge gap between the lives of wealthy and poor.

We also discuss social investigation and reforms, including Charles Booth's “Life and Labour of the People in London” and his famous poverty maps. Social conscience among the burgeoning middle classes led to social investigation and action. There were many women social investigators, such as Brighton born Clementina Black (1853-1922), feminist, author and social reformer who was involved with the 1888 Match Girl’s Strike at the Bryant and May factory – conditions we also study.  Illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows.

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm Start 19 September Ref No: CL0029-1C Fee £148 (Concessions available). Pelham campus. HALF-FULL

Enrol: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/the-life-work-leisure-victorian-britain-brighton-metleisure


Women: WWII Homefront and Post-war Britain   (1939-1960)

For those who are interested in women’s studies and what life was like for them at work and in the home during the second world war; and post-war (late1940s & 50s), when lives and conditions had changed considerably.

We study life for women at war and on the homefront: their occupations in the armed services, as pilots, doctors, nurses, typists, clerks, working on the land, in the forces, in factories, in the WRVS and other voluntary organisations, as well as being housewives and mothers.

At home during war and after, women had to cope with rationing and learning to ‘make do and mend’ while attempting to remain glamorous keeping up with fashion and cosmetics.

When war ended women found it difficult to give up their new independence. Family life changed and so did relationships. We investigate social and cultural changes that followed the upheavals of World War 2, including architecture, housing, living and working conditions, relationships, fashion, books, cinema and public health - such as the forming of the NHS in 1948. We also focus on changes for women and the adjustments to their domestic, social and family life following the war. Illustrated with PowerpoInt slideshows,and documentary film.

10 weeks Tuesday 3-5pm Start 20 September Ref:CL0083-1C Fee £148 (Concessions available). Pelham Street campus. 

Enrol: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-wwii-homefront-post-war-britain-met-leisure


MET course taught at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre, Brighton BN2 5NS

                                                  Buses stop outside. Car parking in side streets.                                                      WINDOW AND DOOR ARE KEPT OPEN. NO MINGLING IN RECEPTION AREA. PRE-ORDERED DRINKS ARE BROUGHT TO CLASSROOM BY MEMBER OF STAFF. PLEASE TEST AT HOME PRIOR TO ATTENDING CLASS, THOUGH NOT MANDATORY. DO NOT ATTEND CLASS IF YOU HAVE COVID OR SYMPTOMS OR COLD/COUGH OR FEEL UNWELL.

Gorgeous Georgians: Life in Eighteenth Century England (1714-1800)

We study an age of elegant living – and not so elegant living in countryside and town. This was a time of enlightenment, the arts, culture, literature, the Grand Tour, scientific experiment, observance of nature and new ideas.

We contrast the elegant magnificence of the buildings and stunningly lavish life of a small handful of society contrasted with the devastatingly poor members of the lower class who lived in abject poverty and the grim goings-on of the underworld of pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, gamblers and gin-drinkers – of all 

Not only a time of intrigue, debt and excess but also many interesting and colourful personalities – men and women who wrote, painted, sculpted, made beautiful gold, silver glass or pottery, dressed in the extremes of fashion, were witty or worthless, talented, intellectual but never dull. A hugely fascinating period. Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows

10 weeks Wednesday 1-3pm Start 21 September Ref: CL0418-1C Fee £30 Two Places left

        Enrol: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/gorgeous-georgians-brightons-history-metleisure


 VICTORIAN DEATH AND MOURNINGFASCINATING RITUALS & CUSTOMS       

Dido's Lament 2017 C Valentina Lari/Sarah Tobias

  For those interested in the lengthy and intricate rituals associated with death, grief and mourning which played an intricate and symbolic role in Victorian life. There is nothing macabre and the customs are fascinating and intriguing. 

Death was a regular occurrence in the Victorian period and not feared. Mourning was filled with complex rituals and lasted a long time - two years and a day for a widow and rarely less than a year for children. The customs associated with mourning include stopping the clocks at the precise time of death and covering all mirrors.

Death and mourning spawned much industry in the way of clothing, jewellery, teapots, ceramics, stationery, photography and everything associated with undertaking. The Brighton General Mourning Warehouse was situated at the Steine. 

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows – plus a rare opportunity to view the short b&w film “Dido’s Lament: Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning”, screened at Komedia cinema (Brighton) and elsewhere; co-written and produced by the tutor. 

SATURDAY 24 September 11am-3pm Ref: CL0664-1C  Fee £30

Enrol: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-victorian-death-and-mourning-brighton-parent-met-leisure


The Novel as Social History: Compartmental Living - Boarding Houses, Department Stores and other spaces

Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history, book club – and lively discussion! Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story - enthralling ‘other’ information about people, relationships, class and place.

We study the social and cultural history of the novel 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

Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life which can lead us into a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest.

There are two books to read each fortnight and make notes, and you are expected to participate in group discussion in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This term’s novels include: “The Ladies Paradise “by Emile Zola, “The Hotel” by Elizabeth Bowen, “The Slaves of Solitude” by Patrick Hamilton, “Bond Street Story” by Norman Collins, “The Boarding House by William Trevor and “A Far Cry from Kensington” by Muriel Spark, Request full reading list from tutor well in advance of the course: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk  

5 weeks Start 01 October

Fortnightly Saturdays: 02 & 15 October, 05 & 19 November, 03 December

Ref: CL0026-1C 11am-1pm FULL

Ref: CL0699-1C 1.30-3.30pm Fee £71

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/the-novel-as-social-history-brighton-metleisure *

*(Tel: 01273 667704 or in enrol in person until web link recovers - currently showing "apply to waiting list" when there are places available)


A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS!

Fabulous Customs and Traditions of the Festive Season

A feast of festive fun for those interested in the fascinating customs, traditions, myths and legends surrounding Christmas and winter, including the Christmas tree, plum pudding, crackers and cards. You will find lots of entertaining information from this one-day session taught in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - to get you in the mood for Christmas!

We study early origins, winter solstice and pagan rituals of Roman times, as well as the symbolism of evergreens and cereals, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, rosemary, wheat, fir and bay, and significance of fire and flame. We also discover who Saint Nicholas was and the origins of Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and find out how traditions came about, such as why sixpence is put into the pudding, the reason candles are lit, why children put up a stocking, and why plum pudding is eaten at Christmas.

We follow the entertainments and customs of Tudor & Elizabethan Christmases when festivities were on a Grand Scale. Georgian Christmases were much quieter and more sedate, although there were also balls and parties. We see how the Victorians and Dickens ‘invented’ the commercial Christmas; look at it in all its glory and discuss its confections, cards, crackers, decorations and games. Finally, a look at Twentieth century Christmas celebrations and how the Festive season was spent from the early century through to the Fifties. Illustrated with slides and video.

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 11am-3pm Ref: CL0665-1C Fee £30

            

ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE,

Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean (Brighton) BN2 7HB

Nearby car park on seafront road. Buses stop on seafront outside White Horse Inn, and no. 2 in the High Street

Life on the Homefront 1914-1945: WWI, WWII and In-between 1920s-30s

We study domestic, working and social life, including women’s occupations, during World War One; followed by the impact, after-effects and life changes during the inter-war years - such as growth of the suburbs and cultural change. 

We then examine life for women during World War Two: their occupations and coping with rationing and shortages while at the same time looking after home and family.

10 weeks Tuesday 10.30am-12.30pm start 20 September Fee £87

https://www.rwc.org.uk/life_on_the_homefront_1914-1945_wwi_wwii_and_in-between_1920s-30s


     "The Whiplash Curve" Art Nouveau and Iconic Geometric Art Deco

The flowing, curvaceous lines of Victorian Art Nouveau, followed by and compared with the interwar geometrical style of iconic Art Deco.

Art Nouveau was organic, using elements found in nature e.g. flowers, insects and trees. Its style was sensual with whiplash lines, tendrils of hair and sprouting vines, creating an asymmetrical and fanciful appearance. In comparison, iconic Art Deco style was geometric. It was associated with the Jazz Age, so was also described as "jazzy". It utilised modern technology and innovations, such as plastic, chrome, aluminium and electricity. The smooth, regular patterns were found in everything from art to fashion, furniture, light fittings, ornaments, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Its elegance furnished homes in a new, exciting fashion and hugely influenced cinema: facades, interiors, film sets and costumes. Both styles were innovative and daring, emerging from earlier influences – Egyptian being a major feature of Art Deco. Illustrated with hundreds of colourful slides.

Saturday 26 November 2022 10.30am-12.45pm  

Fee: £12  https://www.rwc.org.uk/art_deco
    Varndean College at The Church of the Holy Cross,                                         Downsway, Woodingdean (Brighton) BN2 6BD   
             (Buses 2, 2A, 22, 22A stop outside, car park across road outside library)
  
The Victorian World and the Great Exhibition

The remarkable and influential Victorian period which spanned 64 years and saw many changes and advances, opening up spheres of communication, travel and consumerism, especially after the Great Exhibition of 1851. 

 6 weeks Monday 10.00 - 12.00 - Start 10 October                    Code: tba  Fee £75 Concessions available     

                               Enrol by phone only: 01273 546604

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SPRING 2023

        

All my MET history courses will be here: https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-part-time

All other courses and events here on this blog..

MET Courses are taught at MET Pelham Street unless otherwise stated


CL0059-1C Unleashing the Genie: Power and Growth in Late Victorian England 1880-1900 13.30 – 15.30   10 weeks Monday Start 16 January 2023   Fee £148 (concs available)

CL0081-1C In the Shadow of the Century: The Edwardians: (1900-1914) 11-00 – 13.00 Tuesday 10 weeks Start 17 January  Fee £148 (concessions available)

CL0276-1C Fashion and Style History - how it shaped British culture 1750-2000   13-30 – 15.30 Tuesday 10 weeks Start 17 January  Fee £148 (concessions available)

CL0030-1C The Novel as Social History: Twentieth Century Living - 1900-1960    Fortnightly Saturdays: 21/01, 04/02, 25/02, 11/03, 15/03. 11.00 – 13.00 5 weeks Start 21 January  Fee £71

CL0699-1C The Novel as Social History: Twentieth Century Living - 1900-1960   Fortnightly Saturdays: 21/01, 04/02, 25/02, 11/03, 15/03. 13.30 – 15.30 5 weeks Start 21 January  Fee £71

CL0669-1C "The Whiplash Curve" of Art Nouveau and Iconic Geometric Art Deco      11.00 – 15.00 SATURDAY 18 March   Fee £30

MET course taught at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre: 

SPRING 2023 CL0618-1C A Grand Tour of Georgian and Regency Indulgence – England (1780-1830) 13.00 – 15.00 10 weeks Wednesday Start 18 January 2023  Fee £30 (+Benefits) HALF-FULL


🌞  SUMMER 2023 🌞  

CL0028-1C Illusion & Reality: Late Victorian Britain 1865-1900 13.30 -15.30 6 weeks Monday Start 17 April  Fee £82

CL0068-1C Art Deco and the ‘Moderne’ (1918-1939) 15.00 – 17.00 8 weeks Start 18 April    Fee £110

CL0668-1C Powerful Women: innovative females who made vital changes1800s-20C. 11.00-14.00 SATURDAY 22 April  Fee £23

CL0027-1C Summer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique history (incl 3 field trips). 11.00–13.00 5 weeks Saturday Start 29 April  Fee £71

CL0067-1C The Novel as Social History: Books for Summer Reading 11.00-15.00 SATURDAY 10 June   Fee £30

MET course taught at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre: 

SUMMER 2023 CL0671-1C The Shaping of Early Victorian Britain (1837-1850) 13.00 – 15.00 10 weeks Wednesday 19 April 2023  Fee £30 (£10 Benefits) HALF-FULL

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Sarah Tobias MA, BA Hons, Dip Eur Hum

(Former associate tutor at Sussex University)
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 Metropolitan 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:
College canteen. Tea and coffee bar on balcony of Main Building. Vending machine. 
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

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, 22A 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    

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre
Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB
Transport & Parking:
Very small car park outside, some nearby parking in side streets, car parks on main sea road (few mins walk).  Bus nos 2, 22, 22A stop nearby, Bus nos 12, 12A, 12X, 27C, 47 stop by the White Horse Hotel on the seafront - short walk.
Refreshments:
Tea-making facilities in hall. Small cafes nearby and in Museum tea garden next door during summer.
Further information:
Rottingdean public library and museum next door (opening times vary). Shops and Co-op in the High Street. Post office. Several historic public houses, village pond, windmill (not generally open), Grade II listed 1300s St Margaret's Church, accessible downland and a few minutes from the sea and beach. 
 
Preston Manor
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD
Location:
Situated end of Preston Park.
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Free parking outside and in adjacent street.
Refreshments:
No cafe. Refreshments provided by staff 
Delicatessen cafe and public houses opposite and in Preston Drove. Chalet restaurant in park.

The Regency Town House
13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH
Transport & Parking:
Buses stop at the top of Brunswick square in Western Road
Very limited parking. 
Refreshments:
Refreshments provided  
Lots of shops and cafes in Western Road. Seafront is about 2 minutes walk

The West Pier Centre
103-105 King's Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN 
Transport & Parking:
Nearby car parks - Regency Square. Buses stop in Western Road and walk down.  
Refreshments:
Wine or cool drink provided  
Situated on the lower prom and seafront. Various shops and lots of cafes and restaurants. Hotels on upper level over the road. Western Road and popular streets of Brighton with many shops and cafes are 10-20 minutes walk

Sussex University
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH
Location:
Campus located in the South Downs National Park
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby into town and elsewhere
Car parks
Refreshments:
Cafes and restaurants on campus.                                                                                                            
Co-op, pharmacy, books and stationery shops