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** 2021-22  ADULT EDUCATION COURSES ** 
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Back to almost normal?
Courses will be taught in classrooms from September without face coverings and 1m distancing. This may change. You may wear a mask if you feel happier doing so. 

DETAILS OF ALL MY HISTORY COURSES AT GREATER BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN COLLEGE (MET):
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-part-time
                                                                                             

πŸ‚   AUTUMN 2021  πŸ‚

STARTS TOMORROW TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

COURSES WILL BE TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOAT ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE. WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IS REQUIRED IN PUBLIC AREAS (NOT CLASSROOM, UNLESS PREFERRED). CLASSROOMS ARE SANITIZED BETWEEN CLASSES. WINDOWS WILL BE KEPT OPEN UNLESS TOO COLD.

ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE,

Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean (Brighton) BN2 7HB

Nearby car parks, buses stop on seafront outside the White Horse Inn and no. 2 in the High Street

The Golden Age of the Edwardians (1900-1914) 

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.

10 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 21 September Fee £84             

1 place remaining 

   https://rwc.ultimatedb.net/the_golden_age_of_the_edwardians__1900-1914   

                             


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For enquiries about Adult and Leisure courses at GBMET please e-mail Admissions@gbmc.ac.uk and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
Or, telephone 01273 667704 (lines are very busy right now but if no reply you can leave a voicemail)

 CLASSROOM SEATING WILL BE 1m DISTANCED. FACE COVERINGS ARE NOT MANDATORY BUT MAY BE WORN IF PREFERRED. SANITIZERS ARE SITUATED AT ENTRANCE AND IN ALL CLASSROOMS. WINDOWS WILL BE KEPT OPEN UNLESS IT GETS TOO COLD BUT DOORS WILL REMAIN OPEN.

COVID-10 RAPID TESTING SHOULD E CARRIED OUT WEEKLY AT HOME AND THE RESULTS SENT TO NHS AND GBMET COLLEGE IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THERE. THIS IS NOT MANDATORY

AUTUMN 2021
TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:

STARTING NEXT WEEK
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The Great Exhibition and Mid-Victorian Britain (1848-1870)

An introduction to the remarkable and influential mid-Victorian period which witnessed many changes, especially after the Great Exhibition of 1851.  

The Great Exhibition of 1851 showcased the huge  variety of technology, textiles, furniture, and fashions which could now be produced by means of mass production and new machinery. An example of which was the steam press, triggering an increase in consumption of pulp fiction, mainly purchased by the working classes. Cheap newspaper further enhanced leisure publicity.

The Arts & Crafts Movement, firmly rooted in the Gothic Revival, was energised by a rejection of the uninspired and repetitive design inventory of mid-Victorian Britain.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, documentary and texts

10 weeks Mondays 1.30-3.30pm start 27 September 

Ref CL0029-1C  Fee £131  FULL - * 2 extra places just made available *
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/the-great-exhibition-and-mid-victorian-britain-brighton-metleisure

 
Fashion and Style History - how it shaped British Culture 1750-2000 

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. 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.

10 weeks Tuesday  7-9pm start 28 September

Ref no: CL0083-1C  Fee: £131
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-fashion-and-style-how-it-shaped-british-culture-met-leisure

MET course at WHITEHAWK INN
Brighton BN2 5NS (buses stop outside):


MET course at WHITEHAWK INN
Brighton BN2 5NS (buses stop outside)

Face coverings to be worn in public areas, no mingling in cafe area - pre-ordered drinks will be brought to the classroom at break time by a member of staff. Classroom windows will be kept open. There will be some distancing between students with single seating facing forward. Sanitizer will be available at reception.

Culture and Society Between the Wars 1918-1939

We see how life changed in Britain after WWI. There was decline but social and cultural life took on a new aspect reflected in architecture, design, fashion, music, literature and distinctive style of Art Deco and Modernism.

 We study the culture of "Live for today" during the interwar yeas following the horrors of war. During this period there was a wealth of wonderful literature and the joy of film. Cinema-going was extremely popular - including Shoreham's fun-loving 1920s "Bungalow Town" and the film industry there. Cinema and film influenced peoples' lives in many ways including what they wore.. Imitating your favourite film star meant dressing like them, so clothing for the working class included synthetic silk - 'Rayon', and young women cut their hair short in a 'bob', wore cosmetics, smoked and shortened their skirts in order to dance the Charleston - just like their liberated screen idols.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, film and documentary.

10 weeks Wednesday start 29 September  1-3pm

 Ref CL0418  -1C Fee A £20 B £10 (Benefits)  FULL (waiting list)

Enrol - T: 01273 667704 or in person at Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham Street, Brighton.   

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-culture-and-society-between-the-wars-1918-1939-brighton-parent

PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:

The Novel as Social HistoryNorth and South Divide – Industrial, 
Rural and Urban Lives     
            
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.

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. You are expected to participate in the group's friendly and lively discussion. This term’s novels include:  "The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot, "The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, Factory Boy" by Frances Trollope (mother of Anthony),“North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell, "The Life and Death of Harriet Frean" by May Sinclair "Something Fresh" by P G Wodehouse, One of the Family" by Monica Dickens, “Cider with Rosie” by Laurie Lee and “The Dreaming Suburb” by R.F. Delderfield. Full reading list from tutor: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk 
   
5 Fortnightly Saturdays start 02 October 11am-2pm 

Ref CL0026-1C  Fee £98
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/the-novel-as-social-history-brighton-metleisure

VarndeanCollege 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) 
Arts, Culture and Society in Regency  England   
1790-1830   

An age of elegant living and great hardship. Regency London was a hotbed of crime, vice and low life. It was also a brilliant period for the arts, culture and architecture, literature and scientific experiment and  observation. The Industrial Revolution was underway and we see the rise of the sea-side with  its accompanying infrastructure.  Course is illustrated with powerpoint slideshows.

                             6 weeks start Mon 11 October 10.00 - 12.00
                                                 Ref X472  Fee £75 £25 (Concessions) Enrol: 01273 546604


                      

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                                   for Sussex School of  Archaeology and History:                            

        The Victorian World: Life, Death, Work and Leisure in 

Nineteenth Century  England  

We study the worlds of wealthy, middle and working class - from large country estates and town houses to humble cottages and London rookeries of the residuum; their social and cultural life, living and working conditions. We see the strict hierarchy which existed “below stairs” and domestic life of servants and their duties in large houses. Course themes include the poor and their lack of amenities, deficient nutrition and medical attention and effect of their appalling lives. One session will be on the fascinating rituals of death and mourning (not morbid). 

                  5 weeks, Wednesday evenings 7pm Start 03 November                       Course code: VIC Fee £45

Please note new start date and shorter course. Second part of course will run from January 2022

                 Enrol:  www.sussexarchaeology.org/about-3-            



  
SINGLE SATURDAY AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:

                           "BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL" - VICTORIAN ARTS AND 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 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, meaning, especially the the Pre-Raphaelites.

Lots of fabulous illustrations.

                                  SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 11am-3pm 
                                   Ref No: CL0664-1C  Fee £28
 
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-beautiful-and-useful-victorian-arts-crafts-brighton-parent-met-leisure

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for Sussex School of Archaeology and History:

Evening Talk

The Egyptian Influence on Art Deco

This illustrated talk considers the Egyptian influence on the iconic, distinctive style known as "Art Deco" (really Modernism). The craze for all things Egyptian resulted from the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter and Lord Carnaervon, which led to "Egyptomania". The effect was seen on and in everything: architecture (especially cinema buildings), fashion, jewellery, furniture, accessories, ornaments, electrical items and advertising.

Friday 26 November 7-8pm

(45m + 15m Q&A) Ref: ART Fee £4.50

https://www.sussexarchaeology.org/projects-2


SINGLE SATURDAY AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:

Christmas! Myths, Legends Customs and Traditions of the festive season 

      Get in the mood for Christmas!  

If you are interested in the fascinating customs, traditions, myths and legends
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 and Elizabethan Christmases when festivities were on a grand scale. Georgian Christmases were much quieter and more sedate, although there were also balls and parties (Jane Austen loved them). We see how the Victorians and Charles 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, books, video. A feast of festive fun to brighten your day with a friendly group.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books and documentary.

Saturday 11 December 11am-3pm  
Ref no: CLO665   Fee: £28
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667704 or online
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-customs-myths-and-legends-of-winter-in-the-festive-season-brighton-metleisure

A cream coloured terrace house built in Regency style. It has 5 floors and the photo shows the house from street view. There are black cast iron railings in front of the building and the building has a basement which you can just about see in the photo.

REGENCY TOWN HOUSE BN3 1EH


πŸ‘»Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Halloween Happening πŸŽƒ

🧁  Scary poetry and cake πŸ§ 

October date and time to be confirmed if covid situation eases


Woodvale Crematorium (cemetery) Brighton, BN2 3QB
The Grand Cemetery 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.

Autumn/winter tours to be announced. Contact me if you are interested and I will put you on the list and send dates when available.


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 2022 

   

TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk


    πŸƒ    SPRING 2022   πŸƒ   

The Novel as Social HistoryLife, Work, Leisure and Love    
          
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.

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. 

You are expected to participate in group discussion in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Full reading list from tutor: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk 
   
5 Fortnightly Saturdays start 15 January 11am-1pm 
Ref CL0030-1C  Fee £65
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/the-novel-as-social-history-life-work-leisure-brighton-metleisure

The Victorian World 1851-1875 
Rich and poor and their world: their architecture and living conditions - from large country estates and town houses to humble cottages and town rookeries of the residuum; their social life, culture and the impact of influential women.  
 
 We study how dwellings were built and furnished and view the internal workings of the home. There was a strict hierarchy which existed “below stairs” which was far more snobbish than that between master and servant. The domestic life of the servant, their duties, wages and relationship with the houses in which they worked is a fascinating one. Mrs. Beeton was the Delia Smith of her day and introduced technology into household management. 

Other course themes include the poor, their lack of amenities, deficient nutrition and medical attention and the effect of their appalling living and working conditions. We also see how campaigning women made a difference, such as Barbara Bodichon who wrote “Women and Work” which argued that a married women's dependence on her husband was degrading. We also reflect on the colourful world of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

 Illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows, images and texts.

10 weeks Mondays 1.30-3.30pm start 17 January

Ref CL0059-1C  Fee £131
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-the-victorian-world-1851-1875-brighton-metleisure

Spring courses at fabulous, historic Preston Manor -
                   a unique venue                
     Free parking on forecourt, buses stop almost outside and nearby trains


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: A Golden Age (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 11am-1pm Start 25 January   
  Ref CL0081-1C Fee £105

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-the-edwardians-a-golden-age-1900-1914-brighton-metleisure


A History of Fashion and Society 1700-2000  

 
This course is for lovers of fashion and British social and  cultural history. It examines how social history has inspired fashion, just as clothes have influenced social and cultural history. 

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

 You will learn how to read fashion and how informs us us and what your clothes say about you. We will examine key style developments and designers such as Mary Quant and the "Swinging Sixties". 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.

8 weeks start Tuesday 1.30-3.30pm Start 25 January 

Ref CL0276-1C Fee £105

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/a-history-of-fashion-and-society-1700-2000-brighton-metleisure

 

A Day in the Life of an Edwardian House

If you would like to learn how houses were run and managed in an actual historic house, fabulous Preston Manor, (end of Preston Park) decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, is a delightfully unique and hugely atmospheric setting for this one-day session.

You will be welcomed to the house with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Then, study the highly absorbing subject of how houses were run by hard-working servants and learn of their various duties –below and above stairs, Theirs was a long day: up early and to bed late. We compare their daily life with the wealthy living upstairs and examine the rather different lifestyles. The tutor is also a house guide who will lead a tour of the manor seeing how rooms were used here and elsewhere. You will visit parts of the house not normally open to the public.    

A fascinating subject studied in a fascinating historic house, especially if you enjoy TV programmes such as “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides, film and house tour. Bring a packed lunch to eat in the servant’s room. Tea and coffee will be provided.

One day Saturday 26 March 10.30am-3.30pm Ref: CL0668-1C Fee £28

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-edwardian-house-metleisure



MET course at WHITEHAWK INN
Brighton BN2 5NS (buses stop outside):

Women: Wartime, the Homefront and Post-war Britain 

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, nurses, typists, clerks; working in the Land Army, 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 Wednesday start 19 January 1-3pm

 Ref CL0618 -1C Fee A £20 B £10 (Benefits) 

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-women-wwii-home-front-and-post-war-britain-brighton-met

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) 

A Grand Tour of Regency Indulgence

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.

6 weeks Monday 10.00 - 12.00 - February start tba


   SINGLE SATURDAY AT PELHAM STREET  CAMPUS, BRIGHTON

LOOKING AT VICTORIAN ART - PAINTINGS AS SOCIAL HISTORY

The fascinating, colourful Victorian narrative and figurative paintings tell us much more than the main picture and are full of symbolism and meaning, exposing other features hardly noticed: revealing massive social, economic and cultural changes, turmoil and emotions.

We study later Victorian artists who wanted to show domestic scenes and ‘real life’ and were not afraid of painting controversial subjects which might shock the public. Paintings, such as the large William Powell Frith’s Derby Day were so popular when they were shown that a rail was needed to stop the public from getting too close to the pictures and damaging them.

Domestic scenes showed interiors of everyday life which appealed to the public. Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell chose to use fiction to expose social conditions in a way that fired the reader’s interest and enabled them to become aware and to discuss, maybe act. Artists attempted to expose conditions by painting them realistically rather than making the subjects beautiful. Some took a moral stance, and the fallen woman was a popular subject.      

Illustrated with masses of Victorian paintings on powerpoint slidehows.

 SATURDAY 12 MARCH  11am-3pm   Ref No: CL0669-1C Fee £28

https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-looking-at-victorian-art-paintings-as-social-history-brighton-metleisure


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🌞  SUMMER 2022  πŸŒž  
Courses start  April   
TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk

 Victorian Life and Leisure 1851-1875 
The family, work, leisure, travel, art and culture.  This period saw the burgeoning “leisure industry”: holidays - particularly the seaside – travel to the countryside, and in the new green spaces of the town as public parks were opened for all to enjoy and benefit.

We study improvements in working hours and conditions but still long and continuous toil for the poor and an unhealthy urban environment with little time off. But, society was changing and we explore the urban and rural environment and the importance of getting to the countryside for a day out, and for green spaces near industrial areas.  

1871 gave people a few days off. Holidays for all. The seaside was particularly popular and where people cast off inhibitions. There were tea gardens serving beer and wine, dancing, fireworks, travelling fairs, circus, theatre, music hall, Gilbert and Sullivan and sport.

 Illustrated with powerpoint slides, images and texts.

6 weeks Mondays 1.30-3.30pm start 25 April

Ref CL0028-1C  Fee £78
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-victorians-brighton-metleisure


 Art Deco and the ‘Moderne’  (1918-1939)

After WWI a new, distinctive style emerged, 1920-1930's. Smooth lines and geometric patterns featured on glass,  ceramics, jewellery, furniture, lighting, metalware, fashion, architecture, advertising, technology and cinema.
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The smoothly distinctive ‘Modernist’ style dominated all aspects of domestic and cultural life and was notable for its architectural and design features. The iconic, elegant style was used to furnish homes in a new and exciting fashion, utilizing modern technology and materials, and electrical devices.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, film and documentary.

6 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm start 26 April  
Ref: CL0068-1C  Fee £76
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/world-of-iconic-art-deco-brighton-metleisure

ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE,

Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean (Brighton) BN2 7HB

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

Topic to be decided. Requests considered.

6 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 26 April


                        

MET course at WHITEHAWK INN
         Brighton BN2 5NS (buses stop outside):

The History of Brighton – a unique resort 

We discover the special features of Brighton's unique development - from early life on the Downs to vibrant twentieth-century.  We view how a small, poor fishing town emerged into a fashionable resort. We will explore Brighton's rich architectural heritage, considering how this impacted on the social life of the town and how buildings such as theatres, cinemas and skating rinks helped to mould its image, as well as the many shops, factories and other industries. 

Cultural life in Brighton has always featured highly in the town’s history, from theatre and music hall, to racing and cinema-going. Dance halls and cinemas played a part in the town’s wartime history. Wartime impacted highly on a resort renowned for entertainment and accommodating many visitors who were looking to enjoy the piers, palace and bracing sea air. We will study other aspects of the town’s life, such as poverty and slum housing and how rapid expansion causes problems as well as prosperity.

10 weeks Wednesday start 27 April 
1-3pm

 Ref CL0671  -1C Fee A £20 B £10 (Benefits)     

 https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-a-unique-resort-brighton-met-leisure


Summer 2022 Saturday courses

🌞Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!🌞
Unique course comprising literature and social and cultural history.
Books for summer reading - recommendations, discussion, background social history... and novels to read before class. If you like books, literature and social history – this is for you!  A different, unusual, exciting way of reading and learning in a friendly, relaxed group. We also view extracts of two of the novels that were made into films.
A reading list is available from the tutor and you will be expected to participate in group discussion. 

Single Saturday 30 April 10am-4pm 
 Ref CL0067-1C Fee £25 
https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-summer-reading-met-leisure

           Summer in the City: exploring Brighton's unique history 
(2 classroom sessions and 3 Brighton field trips)

We study the fascinating history of Brighton in two classroom sessions with a brief historical overview and looking at early maps. This will be followed by three field trips, getting to know our unique city, discovering lots of hidden gems and understanding how Brighton evolved from a small Georgian fishing town to the vibrant seaside resort of today.  Classroom sessions illustrated with images, maps and powerpoint slides                                                  
         5 weeks Saturday 11am-1pm start 7 May   
        Ref: CL0027-1C  Fee: £68            

  https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-exploring-brightons-history-metleisure 

                 
      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)
  
Introducing the Victorians

An introduction into the world of 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 - May start date to be announced

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OTHER EVENTS

Due to the current pandemic,  the following events have been postponed until further notice and will hopefully be running in 2022. 

 Study day at the West Pier Centre

Patrick Hamilton’s “The West Pier” 
followed by cocktails or tea at Metropole Hotel

We study social, cultural, local and West Pier history, characters and events within Patrick Hamilton’s excellent novel, followed by tea at the Hotel Metropole. 

Morning session will be followed by a short seafront tour. Bring a packed lunch to eat on the beach or forecourt - or several cafes nearby. After our afternoon session we will go across the road to the Metropole Hotel for afternoon tea or cocktails. The hotel features in the novel.  

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshow. Please read short novel before the session.

Fee £28 (plus booking fee)   (Does not include refreshments at the Metropole for which  you pay separately. Cocktails from £9, cup of tea £2.90, full afternoon tea £24 - two can share - Hotel suggests two afternoon teas shared by three - with additional cups of tea)   Book via EventBrite:
THIS EVENT IS POSTPONE UNTIL 2022. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE OR YOU CAN CONTACT ME. 


A cream coloured terrace house built in Regency style. It has 5 floors and the photo shows the house from street view. There are black cast iron railings in front of the building and the building has a basement which you can just about see in the photo.
THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE                                                          
13 Brunswick Square, Hove,  BN3 1EH

A really exciting and unique event:
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REGENCY TOWN HOUSE

Presented by lecturer and guide Sarah Tobias 
and Town House cook Paul Couchman

You will be welcomed with hot chocolate (or coffee) and plum cake in the kitchen followed by discussion on servant duties and then on to the basement of no. 10 Brunswick Square which is a time capsule, having been left undisturbed for many years, where you will enjoy a guided tour. Regency inspired lunch back at the Town House will be followed by an illustrated talk in the small servant hall on daily life for the wealthy who lived in the main part of the house - which we will then tour. Discussion, questions and answer session with afternoon tea and cake ends our pleasant day. 

£60 includes all talks, tours, hot drinks, lunch and cake.
Early Bird offer £47 Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee:

An Autumn Day in the Life of a Regency Town House 
£60 includes all talks, tours, hot drinks, lunch and cake.
Early Bird offer £47 Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee.

 THESE EVENTS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE OR YOU CAN CONTACT ME. IT WILL NOW RUN 2022

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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 cafΓ©s 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:
CafΓ© 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