Sunday, 4 February 2018

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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 wks 7-9pm start 17 April
Ref COM452 Fee £60 Tel: 01273 667788 or
Enrol Student Centre, Pelham Street, Brighton.

Whitehawk Inn Community Centre
Wealth & Poverty in Late Victorian & Edwardian 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 10 weeks 1-3pm (3 weeks 2-4pm) Start 25 April  
Fee £90 £50 (benefits) 

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

Varndean College at The Library, Woodingdean
(Buses 2, 22, 22A stop outside) 
Snapshots of Brighton in the Past
We view the social and cultural history of Brighton and nearby areas from early times to 1950s by studying a different era and topic each week - giving us a fascinating glimpse of how people lived, worked and spent their leisure. Our ‘snapshots’ of how a small seaside town developed into a popular resort include early Brighton, the development of Woodingdean and Peacehaven; the rising popularity of Regency Brighton, Victorian and Edwardian expansion, Rock n’ Roll 1950s and entertainment, theatre and cinema.
Monday 10am-12pm 6 weeks starting 14 May (fin 25 June) 
Fee £60 concessions £20 Tel 01273 546604   FULL
Preston Manor
 (End of Preston Park, Brighton -entry off Preston Drove) 
Free parking, buses stop nearby, Preston Park railway station nearby 
Behind the Scenes: garden tour
Friday 1 June
A rare chance to see Preston Manor’s walled kitchen garden. Not open to the public the space contains evidence of former gardener’s and chauffeur’s cottages, an ancient orchard, vegetable plots and a recent archaeological dig. Discover the personalities behind outdoor life in service at a grand Edwardian house and be surprised by what lies below the topsoil.
£15 book in advance (starts with tea/coffee & biscuits)
Early booking advised  Tel: 03000 290902
Thursdays 28 June & 19 July, Friday 24 August
Explore parts of Preston Manor not on the public route. From cosy private rooms inhabited by the first curator and family, in 1930s, to a secret wartime operations room in the cellar, this tour reveals hidden spaces and shows Preston Manor in a fascinating new light.
£15 book in advance (starts with tea/coffee & biscuits)
Early booking advised Tel: 03000 290902
Guided by Sarah Tobias and Paula Wrightson Admission  £15 (includes tea and biscuits) 
Book in advance - spaces are limitedBook: 03000 290902 

Regency Town House
13 Brunswick Square, Hove
A peek into the Edwardian wardrobe - a fashion extravaganza
Sunday 17 June 2-4pm
includes afternoon tea 
The Town House welcomes you to an afternoon of Edwardian fashion.   
Marian May presents dresses worn by Edwardian debutantes as they were presented at court or attended the Summer Season events to places such as Royal Ascot. This will be followed by an Edwardian afternoon tea and then a talk by Sarah Tobias on what was involved for getting ready for the Season and all it entailed including dining and visiting the seaside.

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)

Hot off the press: (further details to follow - watch this space) 

Elegance and Enlightenment: English Society in the Eighteenth Century
10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start September Pelham Street campus. Ref No:

Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702
10 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. start September Pelham Street campus. Ref No:

The Novel as Social History: London
5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm starting 22 September (end 17 Nov) Pelham. Ref:

The Edwardians- A Golden Age (1900-1910)
8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 02 October  Preston Manor, Preston Drove (free parking, buses stop almost outside, train station nearby). Ref No:

A House in Mourning
Two rooms of the house will be dressed for mourning as it would have been in Edwardian times. There will be illustrated lectures in panelled Macquoid room, plus a rare opportunity to view short b&w film  on Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning”, which was partly shot at Preston Manor in 2014.  
Saturday 8 October 2018 11am-3pm   Preston Manor, Preston. Drove.  Ref No:

Keep the Homefires Burning – Women in the First World War
Saturday 10 November 2018 11am-3pm   Pelham St campus. Ref No:

A Sussex Christmas: customs, myths and legends of winter in the festive season
Saturday 01 December 2018 11am-3pm  Pelham St campus. Ref No: COM 521

An Edwardian Christmas
Saturday 8 December 11am-3pm Preston Manor, Preston Drove (free parking, buses stop almost outside, train station nearby). Ref No:

Gorgeous Georgians; Life in eighteenth century England
10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm starting January 2019  Pelham St. Ref No:

Culture and Society Between the Wars 1918-1939
8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 22 January 2019  Preston Manor, Preston Drove. Ref:

The Novel as Social History: London-second impressions
5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm starting 26 January 2019  Pelham St. Ref:

Women, Work and Wartime (WWII)
Saturday 16 March 11am-3pm  Pelham St. Ref No: 

Space, Light & Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939
5 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 23? April 2019 Pelham St. Ref No:

A Grand Tour of Georgian and Regency Indulgence
5 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm starting 29 April 2019 (end 10 June) Pelham St. Ref :  
Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!
Saturday 27 April 10am-4pm   Pelham St. Ref No: COM449

Summer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique history
Two classroom sessions and 3 field trips in Brighton
5 weeks Saturday 11am-1pm starting 04 May 2019 (end 01 June)  Ref: COM081

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:
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
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 Library
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6BA
Transport & Parking:
Car park outside Library. Bus nos 2, 22 stop nearby.
Tea-making facilities in room. Small cafes nearby. Downs Hotel across the road serves tea, coffee and refreshments at bar and has outside area. 
Further information:
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 
Delicatessen cafe and public houses opposite and in Preston Drove. Chalet restaurant in park.

Sussex University
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH
Campus located in the South Downs National Park
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Car parks
Cafes and restaurants on campus. 
Co-op, pharmacy, books and stationery shops


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