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                                                     The Regency Town House, Hove
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THE WAY WE WERE AND WHAT WE WORE

A talk with costumes and accessories from the collection of Marion May followed by tea in dining room and servant's kitchen, after which Sarah Tobias will give an illustrated talk on life in the Twenties and Thirties.

                                Saturday 8 June 2.30pm
                                   £15 plus booking fee £1.58  - 
                                                       FULL - Waiting List

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-way-we-were-and-what-we-wore-between-the-wars-tickets-57378067344



THOMAS HIGHFLYER AND CEMETERY TOUR
Black History Project

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 11am-12.30pm
Woodvale Cemetery

To mark the anniversary of the death of the little rescued slave boy, Thomas Highflyer, who lived and went to school in Brighton and whose grave we shall visit. Tour ends in one of the chapels where interesting items will be displayed.

Tour is led by Sarah Tobias and Bert Williams OBE, who will give a short history of Thomas's life and how his gravestone was discovered in a poor condition which led to its restoration.

Tour lasts an hour and ends at one of the chapels where light refreshments will be served plus a free booklet as a memento of the tour. 

Limited number of  FREE spaces so pre-booking is essential. 
Please e-mail office@black-history.org.uk




WOODVALE CEMETERY OPEN DAY

SATURDAY 13 JULY 11am-4pm


Details to follow  - includes guided tours and open chapels with displays plus illustrated talk on Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning  by Sarah Tobias




CURRENTLY RUNNING COURSES:

1A Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA tel 01273 667704/88

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A GRAND TOUR OF GEORGIAN AND REGENCY INDULGENCE
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For those of you who are interested in the late Georgian and Regency period and of Brighton and its development. We look at high and low society,  and study different influences in architecture and fashion: neo-classicism, Gothick, Egyptian Revival and Chinoiserie style, including town and country gardens, grounds, public buildings, fashion and manners. Excesses and vast wealth of a small section of society make us forget the other side of the Regency. Great poverty and hardship for the poor. We consider their conditions and contrast domestic society from aristocracy to residuum.
Illustrated with images, period texts, maps, powerpoint and video.
 5 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm starting 29 April
Pelham Street campus Ref: CL0028-1C Fee: A £62 B £47 C £31 
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667704
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/a-grand-tour-of-georgian-and-regency-indulgence
    Course is full but one extra place available

Space Light and Speed: 
Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939

For those of you who love the iconic style of Art Deco and clean lines of Modernism, this is the course which will explain the difference between the two and discover the influences that made these innovative forms.   
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.      
5 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 23 April   
Pelham Street campus Ref:  CL0068-1C    Fee: A £62 B £47 C £31  
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667704
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/brighton/study-at-the-met/ courses/ history-space-light-speed-art-deco-and-modernism-1918-1939-1-day-course



MET  at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre Whitehawk Rd BN2 5NS
GORGEOUS GEORGIANS : LIFE IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENGLAND
Gorgeous, grand, ghastly, grotesque, greedy, gin-drinking, gluttonous, gamblers –   inventive, fabulously wealthy, devastatingly poor Georgians. We look at high and low society and study 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, prostitutes, thieves, gamblers and gin-drinkers – of all classes.
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.
8 weeks Wednesday 1-3pm start 24 April 
                    Ref: CL0328-1C: Fee £60, £26 EB/PC, £8 VOL/MBC TEL 01273 667704 (667767/88)
 or enrol in person at Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham Street 

Varndean College at  Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean

(Buses 2, 22, 22A stop outside, car park across road outside library) 

Women, Wartime and the Homefront (WWII)
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.
When the men returned from war the women returned to the home – which they had not really left. Their stories are fascinating. Women, such as Ruby, the welder, were not allowed to carry on with jobs for which they were highly trained. And, what about life on the home-front? Women displayed their ingenuity and inventiveness.  Nurses writing home from overseas or who were stationed in Britain give us a touching insight into the lives of men and women during this period.
Monday 10am-12pm 5 weeks start 13 May (finish 17 June)
Fee £60 concessions £20/20 Tel: 01273 546604 



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 International Summer School 
For students 18-24 years mainly from non-UK countries

COOL BRITANNIA: HOW FASHION SHAPED BRITISH CULTURE  
(1750-2019)

2019 Session 2: 
4 weeks 22 July - 15 August   
Tutor Sarah Tobias 


Course fees £2000 includes tuition and housing.  



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AUTUMN/WINTER 2019


ART DECO AND THE 'MODERNE'
The very different and iconic style that emerged after WWI

A talk by Sarah Tobias at the West Pier's seafront home in the prom arches
(opposite the ruins of the pier)

Thursday 10 October 6-7pm 
 Limited seating so book early £6 wine or soft drink included. 
Book via Eventbrite - link will be included here nearer time

(Sarah is an ex West Pier guide)

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Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
A FABULOUS OCTOBER HALLOWEEN EVENT 


LANTERN TOUR OF PART OF WOODVALE EXTRA-
MURAL CEMETERY, BRIGHTON, 

FOLLOWED BY 
A TALK ON  THE ORIGINS  OF HALLOWEEN  
IN THE GOTHIC CHAPEL, 

AFTER WHICH SUPPER WILL BE SERVED.



Tour guided by Sarah Tobias  in collaboration with Sussex Food Tours



     YOU ARE INVITED TO  
Mid 19c mourning brooch  
Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
A    M O U R N I N G   B R E A K F A S T 
(OR SUPPER)

IN THE GOTHIC CHAPEL OF THE EXTRA-MURAL CEMETERY, BRIGHTON

Sarah Tobias discusses Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning and there is a rare opportunity to view the  short film noir"Dido's Lament: Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning", written and produced by Sarah Tobias and Valentina Lari - who is also the award winning director. Sarah plays the lead role, narrates and sings the theme which runs throughout the film.

(The film has been shown at Sicily Film Festival and at the Komedia, Brighton, 12th Cinecity Film Festival  and other venues) 

Dates throughout the year. Details to follow

A collaboration between Sarah Tobias and Sussex Food Tours 




THE HISTORY OF TEA DRINKING AND AFTERNOON TEA
Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
AT THE GRAND HOTEL, BRIGHTON or/and OLD SHIP HOTEL  (tbc)

Dates throughout the year. Details to follow

A collaboration between Sarah Tobias and Sussex Food Tours
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2019/20 ADULT EDUCATION COURSES START OCTOBER
They are taught at Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham Street, Historic Preston Manor, Whitehawk Inn Community Centre and Woodingdean


Class taking place in the Macquoid Room of Preston Manor March 2019 Photo: Sarah-Mary Geissler


1A Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA tel 01273 667704/88

Courses taught on Pelham Street campus unless otherwise stated.  Sessions are relaxed, friendly and fun - and there is no homework.



   THERE MAY BE PROBLEMS ENROLLING FOR COURSES ONLINE AT PRESENT - IF SO TELEPHONE             01273 667704 MON- FRI, OR  ENROL IN PERSON  PELHAM STREET - CONTACT ME IF PROBLEMS. 

Autumn

Life in Late Georgian and Regency England 1785-1830 


A course for lovers of the arts and social history during the late Georgian and Regency era, which includes many innovations, developments and advances in all aspects of life for wealthy and poor.
We study social, domestic, cultural and working life for all classes in an age of elegant living, the arts and literature. The Industrial Revolution inspired exciting new ideas,  innovators, inventors, original thinkers and advances in science and technology.  The period was also a time of great poverty, disease, illness and vice. 

The era is associated with the extravagances of the Prince Regent (the “Regency”) and with Brighton and his remarkable palace at a time when the fashionable visited the  seaside town to take the waters and be entertained. It is also when Jane Austen was writing her witty and informative novels. 



One session will be a field trip to the Royal Pavilion (admission fee payable) led by course tutor Sarah Tobias who is also a guide.

Illustrated with books, maps and powerpoint slideshows.

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start 16 September 2019 Pelham St campus 
Ref no: CL0029-1C (please check this no. before enrolling)


Cool Britannia: How Fashion Shaped British Culture (1750-2019)



This course examines historic inspiration that forms today’s innovative fashion and designers by studying the fascinating social and cultural history of Britain.


We examine how the social and cultural background of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries influenced British fashion then and now; focussing on aspects of fashion such as the voluminous and extravagant court dresses of the eighteenth century and the dandy; Victorian crinoline, bustle and aestheticism; Edwardian, Art Nouveau,  Art Deco era, wartime recycling, swinging sixties, and subculture of mods, rockers, goths, skinheads and punks.

You will learn how to read fashion, what your clothes say about you and examine key style developments and designers such as Mary Quant (current exhibition at the V&A). A really exciting and fascinating course that will make you think differently about style, clothing and what you and others wear.

Illustrated with masses of fashion illustrations and powerpoint slideshows.

Ref no: CL0083-1C 10 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm start 17 September Pelham Street campus


The Edwardians (1900-1918) (Whitehawk Inn) Weds 1-3pm - Start 18 Sept

A History of Christmas & Winter Traditions (Preston Manor) Tues 10.30-12.30

Art Deco and the ‘Moderne’  (1918-1939) 
(Preston Manor) Tues 1-3pm

The Novel as Social History: Homes of Every Sort 




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 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.

This term we look at how life is lived in homes dwellings and living spaces: lodging houses, private hotels, terraced housing, cottages, villas, flats and rooms and the new 1930s housing estate of R.C. Sheriff’s “Greengates”.

Other novels and writers include "Persuasion" by Jane Austen, “Monday Morning” by Patrick Hamilton, “Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont” by Elizabeth Taylor and “Starlight” by Stella Gibbons. Full reading list from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.


Ref no: CL0026-1C 5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-2pm Start 21 September Pelham St campus


Upstairs, Downstairs in the Edwardian House (Preston Manor)  1 day Sat 11-3pm

"Beautiful and Useful" - Victorian Arts & Crafts 
(1 day Saturday) 11am-3pm

A Sussex Christmas: Customs, Myths and Legends of Winter in the Festive Season 
(1 day Saturday) 11am-3pm

A Victorian Christmas Merriment  
(Preston Manor) (1 day Saturday) 11am-3pm

Spring 2020

Arts Culture and Society in Regency England (1790-1830) Mons 1.30-3.20

Cool Britannia: How Fashion Shaped British Culture (1750-2019) 
(Preston Manor) Tues 10.30-12.30

The Edwardians (1900-1914) (Preston Manor) Tues 1-3pm

The Novel as Social History:  Life and Living 




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.

THIS TERM’S writers include Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins,  Mary Webb, Leonard Merrick and Barbara Pym. Full reading list from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.

Ref no: CL0030-1C 5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-2pm Start 25 January 2020 Pelham St campus

"The Whiplash Curve" Art Nouveau (1890-1910) 
(1 day Saturday) 11am-3pm

Summer 2020

The World of Iconic Art Deco - Interwar Modernism 1918-1939 Tues 7-9pm

Summer Reading: Books, books and more books! (1 day Saturday) 10am-4pm

Introducing the Victorians 
Mons 1.30-3.20

Summer in the City: exploring Brighton's unique history 
SATS 11am.1pm



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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:
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      

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 
Delicatessen cafe and public houses opposite and in Preston Drove. Chalet restaurant in park.

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

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