Saturday, 28 January 2017

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Adult Education courses and classes 




Weekday Courses
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.
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.
Post-war 1940s meant many adjustments and changes in relationships, social and domestic life. Schemes were put in place to get men and women back to work and  cultural life, the cinema and holidays took on a renewed interest.

Illustrated with slides, books, and film clips including do:umentary.

Monday 5 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 24 April
Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM091
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767

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

This course focuses on the new, very distinctive post-WWI style that emerged 1920s & '30s. Vibrant with colour, its modern designs full of sharp patterns it was also described as "jazzy" and it 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.
The Decorative Movement, Modernism or ‘moderne’ style was later described and known as ‘Art Deco’ and was based on classical and other styles, including the Egyptian- after the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter and Lord Carnaervon. 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.
The Jazz Age was one of frivolity after fear -so different from the Edwardian. The decadent twenties and thirties and Jazz Age was wild.

Illustrated with slides, books, images and film clips, including period travelogues.
Monday 5 weeks 6.30-8.30pm start 24 April
Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM452
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767

The Novel as Social History 8: Summer Reading
Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history and book club.
Within the pages of the novel we discover more than just a story. We study the social and cultural history of the novel by exploring the 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: 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

A reading list is available from the tutor: and you will be expected to participate in group discussion.  
Saturday 29 April 11am-3pm  
Fee £25 Ref: COM449
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767

MAY:                                           Starts next Wednesday
       City College at Whitehawk Inn 
                        Whitehawk Road, Brighton                                
(Buses stop outside or Marina stop on sea road then walk up 5 mins)
The Victorians 1851-1875
Rich and poor - their living conditions, leisure activities, education and plight of the governess. Also, campaigning women who made a difference, such as Barbara Bodichon who wrote 'Women and Work' which argued that a married woman's dependence on her husband was degrading.
Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm start 3 May
Fee £75 (£10 MB/VOL) £30 EBPC Tel: 01273 682222

Saturday Course
Exploring Brighton's Rich History
2 classroom sessions and 3 Brighton field trips
We study the fascinating history of Brighton in two classroom sessions giving 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.
Your tutor will guide you to further places of interest so that you can stroll around and familiarise yourself during summer, discovering further hidden gems.

Be prepared to walk on each field trip for almost two hours, to wear suitable clothing for all weather and to bring water if it is hot.
Saturday 5 weeks 11am-1pm start 6 May
Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21 Ref: COM081
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767
*Only few places remaining but time to enrol*

Varndean College at Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean
(Free car park over road by library, bus nos 2, 22 stop outside)
Edwardians: Extravagance 
and Economy 1900-1914

TV dramas such as 'Downton Abbey' and 'Upstairs Downstairs' have re-awakened
interest in all things Edwardian. We shall 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.

The huge contrast of great wealth and abject poverty was very much in evidence. This was a golden age for the wealthy but a tarnished one for the poor. 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.

End-of-the-century style in architecture and furnishings was changing from the heavy, Gothic to the lighter style of Art Nouveau. We aalso look at the arts, literature, fashion, travel leisure, holidays and early cinema, as well as domestic and working life for all classes in town and country.
Illustrated with powerpoint slides.
5 weeks Tuesday 10.15am-12.15pm start 8 May
Tel 01273 546602
Fee  £50, £30 (Woodingdean residents under 65), £15 (over 65, MTB)

Varndean College
Surrenden Road, Brighton
(Free car park , bus no. 5b stops outside)
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 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

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

Session 1: 4 weeks 19 June-13 July
Field trips include: Brighton Museum Fashion Gallery, V&A Fashion Galleries,
National Portrait Gallery, Museum of London
Tutors Sarah Tobias & Dr Alexandra Loske
(2017 fee £1,558 for 15 credit module plus housing £158 per week & field trips fee £65)


Autumn 2017

Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702
Monday 10 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 18 September

Cinema and Society 1896-1960
Tuesday 10 weeks 7-9pm start 19 September

The Novel as Social History: 20C Women Writers
5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-1pm start 23 September

Autumn Single Saturday
Looking at Art as Social History: Victorian Narrative Painting 
Saturday 14 October 11am-3pm Fee £20

A Sussex Christmas
Saturday 25 November 11am-3pm Fee £20

Brighton Metropolitan College (City College) 
at Whitehawk Community Centre
Late Victorian Britain 1875-1902
Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm start 20 September -TBC

AT PRESTON MANOR – Unique venue
The Edwardians
Tuesday 8 weeks 1-3pm start 3 October

Surrenden Road, Brighton 
(bus no. 5b stops outside)
The Edwardians at Christmas   
Saturday 2 December 11am-2pm

Spring 2018
Eighteenth-Century England from Anne to
George II (1702-1760)
Monday 10 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 15 January

Making Waves: the development of Brighton – a unique resort
Tuesday 10 weeks 7-9pm start 16 January

SPRING Saturday course:
The Novel as Social History: Comparing 20th Century Male and Female Novelists
5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-1pm start 13 January

AT PRESTON MANOR – Unique venue
In the Shadow of the Century: Life and leisure 1900-1914
Tuesday 8 weeks 1-3pm start 23 January

SPRING Single Saturdays  at Brighton Metropolitan (City College), Pelham Street:
Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning
Saturday 03 February 11am-3pm Fee £20

Space, Light & Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939
Saturday 17 March 11am-3pm Fee £20

Surrenden Road, Brighton 
(bus no. 5b stops outside)
"Beautiful and Useful" - Victorian Arts & Crafts   
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: 

Courses -Venue Addresses, transport and refreshments
Brighton Metroplitan College MET (formerly City College)
Pelham Street, Brighton BN1 4FA
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
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
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.
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
Situated at end of Preston Park.
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Free parking outside and in adjacent street.
No cafe. Refreshments provided by staff 
Chalet restaurant in park and public houses opposite

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