Monday, 2 January 2017

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Adult Education courses and classes 
SPRING 2017 - enrolling now


Weekday Courses

The Inter-war Years: Twenties and Thirties Britain 1920-1940
We study the culture of “Live for today” - 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; including Shoreham's fun-loving 1920s “Bungalow Town” and the cinema industry there. Although there was poverty and notorious razor gangs, 'thirties Brighton saw a new prosperity for residents and increase in day trippers.

During this period there was a wealth of wonderful literature and the joy of film. Cinema-going was extremely popular and influenced people’s 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.
But, 1930s also saw the depression and much poverty, slums and lack of food and work.

Monday 10 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 16 January

Fee £115 concessions: £70/£35  Ref: COM265
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767



Within the pages of the novel we discover more than just a story.

We study the social and cultural history by exploring the background information we are absorbing unwittingly and which is the main theme. 

THIS TERM: We shall be comparing novels set in different cultures including America, China, India, Australia and France. The second selection of each session will be set in England or mostly there. Novels include 'The Mother' by Pearl S. Buck (1933) which is set in China, compared with 'Housebound' by Winifred Peck set in Scotland; and 'The Far Cry' by Emma Smith (1949) which is mostly set in India and includes the very descriptive journey there, in comparison with Monica Dickens 'No More Meadows' set in England and America.

Reading list is available from tutor.

5 fortnightly Saturdays 11am-1pm start 14 January
Fee £60 concessions: £42, £21  Ref: COM174

Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767

              City College at Whitehawk Inn, Whitehawk Road                                
                             (Buses stop outside or Marina stop on sea road then walk up 5 mins)

            Mid- Victorian Britain: 1851-1875
                Our studies include 1851 Great Exhibition, 1870 Education Act,
               Mrs Beeton, and female reformers such as Florence Nightingale,  Josephine Butler and the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act and Caroline Norton and the Married Women's Property Act.
                 Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm start 25 January
                 Fee: £75 (£10 MTB/VOL) £30 EBPC
              F U L L 

Varndean College at Woodingdean Youth Centre 
(car park and buses stop almost outside)
"Never had it so good": Post-war and 1950s Britain
On this 6 week course we will look at how life changed post-
war. The 1951 Festival of Britain celebrated the nation and
showcased its contribution to the arts: colour, clothes, cinema,
the 'New Look', prefabs, frozen peas, gritty realism in books
and films...and Rock 'n' Roll! A riot of nostalgia. The course
looks at all of the above...and more! Using local Brighton 
history as a backdrop as well as looking at the national picture,
this is a great course for those wanting a trip down memory 
lane as well as those with an interest in our fascinating and
cultural history.

Tuesday 6 weeks 12-2pm start 31 January
Fee  £45,  £30 (Woodingdean residents under 65), £15 (over 65 MTB) Tel: 01273 546602

                                                                          Single Saturday
This is where we came in” – Cinema 1930s-1950s
We study the impact and influence of cinema and film during its heyday when cinema-going reached its height of popularity.

Early film was educational as well as entertaining. Ordinary people could view on screen what they

never would see in their lives. It was an escape from reality. The heyday of cinema was during the 1930s when working-class people could sit in a picture-palace and be thrilled by the sights on screen, follow their particular film stars and copy the hairstyles, make-up and fashions – racy! Another boom came during the 1950s, with its brightly coloured film and famous film stars.

During this period there was a main and a ‘B’ film, news, cartoons, documentary or travelogue and forthcoming adverts. You could enter the cinema halfway through a film and so know the ending before watching the beginning! – people leaving would say this is where we came in”.

We look at film clips, noting cultural aspects, architecture, social conditions, relationships, fashion, speech patterns and more, followed by analysis and discussion.

Saturday 4 February 10.30am-3.30pm

 Fee £30 Ref: COM455
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767


Varndean College

Surrenden Road, Brighton
(free car park, Bus no 5b stops 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 hard to keep a decent home and the family fed.

End-of-the-century style in architecture and furnishings was changing from the heavy, Gothic look, to the lighter style of Art Nouveau. We also look at the arts, literature, fashion, travel, leisure, holidays & early cinema as well as domestic and working life for all classes in town and country.

Illustrated with slides, books, texts and film clips.
SATURDAY 18 MARCH 11am-2pm 
Fee £22 Tel: 01273 546602


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 documentary.

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

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

Saturday Courses
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.  
3 Saturdays 2-4pm - 22, 29 April & 13 May  

Fee £50 Ref: COM449
Book in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street or Tel: 01273 667767

       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

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


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)
 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
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

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 at some events where stated.
Chalet restaurant in park and public houses opposite

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

Woodingdean Youth Centre
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6BB
Transport & Parking:
Car park outside Library and Community Centre. Buses stop nearby almost outside venue
No café. Small cafe opposite. Downs Hotel across road serves tea, coffee and refreshments at bar and has outside area. 
Further information:
Woodingdean public library in same road, almost next door. Shops, Co-op, dry cleaners nearby


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