Saturday, 13 January 2018

 Check venues, fees, dates before booking -Details given as accurately as possible, but may change, be postponed or cancelled. 
                            SPRING  2018

Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning
Death and mourning were part of everyday life in Victorian England. Death played an intricate and symbolic role. Mourning was filled with ritual and lasted a long time - two years for a widow - and spawned much industry in the way of clothing, jewellery, teapots, stationery and everything associated with undertaking.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows – plus a rare opportunity to view short b&w film “Dido’s Lament: Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning”, screened 2014. 
          Saturday 03 February 11am-3pm  Ref COM523  Fee £25
Enrol at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788


Surrenden Road, Brighton 
(bus no. 5b stops outside)

"Beautiful and Useful" - 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 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 meanings, especially the Pre-Raphaelites. 
Lots of fabulous illustrations. 
                                                  Saturday 3 March 11am-2pm 
                                                    Ref no: VAARY556 Fee £22 Tel: 01273 546602

Space, Light & Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939
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. 
Saturday 17 March 11am-3pm 
Ref COM524 Fee £25

Enrol at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788

Courses currently running:                     
The Novel as Social History: Comparing 20c Male and Female Novelists

Unique course comprising social and cultural history and book club

Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We study the social and cultural history 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 & everyday life. 

Novelists include Somerset Maugham, L. P. Hartley, Nevil Shute, Monica Dickens, Rosamund Lehman and Margaret Drabble.          
Reading list available from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.       
                                       5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-2pm start 13 January
                      Ref COM174 Fee £60          FULL- one additional place available

Eighteenth-Century England:Anne to George II (1702-1760)

Morals, manners, fashions, foibles, culture, industry, the Enlightenment and literature contrasted with a world of gambling, vice, drunkenness, thieves and rascals - of all classes. We discuss innovations and changes leading up to modernization, including advances in agriculture, architecture, gardens, grounds and public buildings, plus social and domestic life. A fascinating period which includes flight and computers. 
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, paintings and texts.

Monday 10 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 15 January

Ref COM265 Fee £115 concessions available for those on benefits.

Whitehawk Inn Community Centre

Culture and Society in Late Victorian Britain 1875-1902
A new and exciting vision of domestic history as revealed in literature, art and the moving image: interpretations of late-Victorian cultural and social developments.  We will observe the visual experience of change in architecture, technology, domestic life, working conditions, farming, poverty, medicine, women’s status, leisure activities, fashion, style and the arts; including the novel, (and film) Esther Waters by George Moore.  Illustrated with slides, video, books and paintings.
Wednesday 6 weeks 1-3pm Start 17 January  Fee £50  
Varndean College at Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean
(Buses 2, 22, 22A stop outside) 
The Inter-war Years: Twenties and Thirties Britain (1920-1940) 
Social life took on a new aspect and the culture of “Live for today”. Women bobbed their hair, used cosmetics and danced in their new short dresses. In Brighton there were notorious razor gangs, but the 'thirties saw a new prosperity for residents and increase in day trippers. 1930s saw decline, much poverty, slums and lack of food and work. However, cinema-going was extremely popular and influenced people’s lives in many ways.
Monday 10am-12pm 6 weeks starting 29 January (fin 12 March)
Ref: Y165 Fee £60 concessions £20/20 Tel: 01273 546604 FULL

PRESTON MANOR – Unique venue
Free parking outside on driveway, buses stop almost outside and trains nearby

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.

In the Shadow of the Century: Life and leisure 1900-1914
We study social conditions, domestic and working life for all classes in town and country; the arts, literature, fashion, travel, leisure, holidays and early cinema. 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.  Includes house tours. 
Tuesday 8 weeks 1-3pm start 23 January 
Ref COM569 Fee (A) £84,  (B) £60,  (C) £26  

Enrol: Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788

R  SUMMER 2018  R
Enrol now to ensure a place.
Preston Manor
 (End of Preston Park, Brighton-entry off Preston Drove) 
Free parking, buses stop nearby, Preston Park railway station nearby
SATURDAY 14 APRIL 11-15am (finishes 12.45)
Explore parts of Preston Manor not on the public route. From cosy private rooms inhabited by the first curator and his family in the 1930s to a secret wartime operations room in the cellar, this tour reveals hidden spaces, tells secret stories and shows Preston Manor in a fascinating new light.
Guided by Sarah Tobias and Paula Wrightson
Admission  £15 (includes tea and biscuits) 
Book in advance - spaces are limited.
Book: 03000 290902  FULL - further tours later in year.

Tourists on the Grand Tour
Innovation & Experiment:Georgian England 1760-1800
This was a time of enlightenment, literature, the Grand Tour, scientific experiment observance of nature and the arts. Great advances were being made, Industrial Revolution was under way and there were many innovators, inventors and original thinkers who helped mould the period. We look at manufacturing, commerce, trade, shopping and banking, as well as trade in slaves, sugar, tea and tobacco and domestic and social life.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts.
Monday 5 weeks 1.30-3.30pm start 16 April
Ref COM091 Fee £60 
Enrol: Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788 
FULL - one additional place available.

From Page to Screen: the film of the novel
We study novels and films and view movie clips, followed by analysis and comparison, discussing alterations filmmakers made to screenplays, often changing storylines or removing characters from novels on which they were based and glamorising the whole. E.g. Hitchcock’s film ‘Young and Innocent’, completely differed from the novel ‘A Shilling for Candles’ by Josephine Tey on which it was based.
Illustrated with film clips and books. 
A list of the novels is available from tutor.

Tuesday 5 weeks 7-9pm start 17 April
 Ref COM452 Fee £60 
Enrol at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788

Summer  2018 Saturday courses
RSummer Reading: Books, books and more books!R

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. Novels include Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene and The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge.
A reading list is available from the tutor and you will be expected to participate in group discussion. 
Saturday  28 April 10am-4pm 
 Ref COM449 Fee a. £25 b. 17.50 c. 7.50 
Enrol at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788  

RSummer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique historyR
2 classroom sessions & 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.
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.
11am-1pm  start 5 May (end 9 June)
Ref COM081 Fee £60 
Enrol at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton, Tel: 01273 667788


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

Session 2: 4 weeks 23 July-16 August
Field trips include: Brighton Museum Fashion Gallery, V&A Fashion Galleries, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of London
Tutor Sarah Tobias
        (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
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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