Saturday, 28 April 2018

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

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Preston Manor
 (End of Preston Park, Brighton -entry off Preston Drove) 
Free parking, buses stop nearby, Preston Park railway station nearby 
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)
Only few tickets left  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.
Guided by Sarah Tobias and Paula Wrightson 
£15 book in advance (starts with tea/coffee & biscuits)
Early booking advised as places limited Tel: 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.
Fee £16.31 

FULL - Waiting List

A Guided tour of Woodvale and the Extra Mural Cemetery
SATURDAY 30 JUNE 11am (ends 12.30-1pm)
Guided by Sarah Tobias      
Advance booking only. £8 or £5 for current students on guide’s courses

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


Session 2: 4 weeks 23 July-16 August
Tutor Sarah Tobias 

Field trips include: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery , Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
(2017 fee £1,558 for 15 credit module plus housing £158 per week & field trips fee £65)

                                                                      Courses currently running:     

Whitehawk Inn Community Centre : Wealth & Poverty in Late Victorian & Edwardian Britain 
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.  
Illustrated with slides, video, books and paintings.
Wednesday 10 weeks 1-3pm (3 weeks 2-4pm) Start 25 April  
Contact tutor direct to enrol 

Brighton Metropolitan College
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.   FULL
Enrolment opens 1 June - book early to ensure a place, some courses fill up quickly


Elegance and Enlightenment: English Society in the Eighteenth Century

A course for lovers of the arts and social history, looking at elegant Georgian life and the many innovations and developments in a time of enlightenment and advances in all aspects of eighteenth century life for rich and poor. 
Course aims and information
We study an age of elegant living, enlightenment, the arts, culture, literature, the Grand Tour, scientific experiment, observance of nature and new ideas. There were many innovators, inventors and original thinkers spawned in this era and we see the Industrial Revolution and all that it inspired, including the use of mass-produced goods, textiles, machinery and technology. 
  Science, anatomy and the study of the human form were of great interest. This was also the age of travel with improvements to roads and carriages which led to coaching inns. The era saw the beginnings of consumerism and shopping and was a period of ideas and advancement in every form and the beginnings of our modern society.  
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, prints and paintings.

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start 17 September
Pelham Street campus. Ref no:           Fee: A £119 B £90 C £69 
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702

This interesting, exciting period of history witnessed the commercial development and importance of overseas trade, as well as agriculture, industry, technology and science – all having an impact on our modern society.
Course aims and information
We study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s role in this period.  After the 1688 Glorious Revolution came a time of restoration and rebuilding including Christopher Wren’s St Pauls Cathedral and other large-scale building
This fascinating period witnessed the foundation of the Bank of England (1694) and the growth of London.  Social activities and pastimes include food and dining (and a few recipes), manners etiquette, clubs and coffee houses. We also study how men and women’s fashions were changing, cultural and intellectual pursuits and how Christmas was spent.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, prints and paintings.

10 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm. Start Tue 18 September 2018 (end 27 Nov) 
Pelham Street campus.  Ref no: COM520      Fee: A £119  B £90 C £69
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

Fortnightly Saturdays Autumn 2018:

The Novel as Social History: London

Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history and book club – and lively discussion!  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 and general minutiae of everyday life. 
Course aims and information
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: writers include George Gissing, Arthur Morrison, Arthur Ransome, E.F. Benson, George Orwell, Patrick Hamilton, Elizabeth Bowen, Gerald Kersh, Monica Dickens and Michael Moorcock Full reading list is available from tutor and you are expected to participate in group discussion.

5 weeks fortnightly Saturday 11am-1pm start 22 September (end 17 Nov)  Pelham Street campus.  Ref no:      Fee: A £62 B £47 £31

Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

Preston Manor (Preston Drove, Brighton)
Free parking, buses stop almost outside and trains nearby

The Edwardians- A Golden Age (1900-1910)

If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you like history this course is definitely for you. Lessons take place in the panelled Macquoid Room.
Course aims and information
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 and garden tours above and below stairs by the tutor who is also a Preston Manor guide and lecturer. The house is on four floors.
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts. 

8 weeks Tuesday 1-3pm Start 02 October 2018 (end 27 Nov)  
Ref no: COM565      Fee: A £96 B £72 £24

Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767


Preston Manor (Preston Drove, Brighton)
Free parking, buses stop almost outside and trains nearby

A House in Mourning

If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you are interested in the Victorian rituals of death and mourning -this course is definitely for you!

* Course aims and information
We study how 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.

Two rooms of the house will be dressed for mourning as it would have been in Edwardian times. There will be illustrated lectures in the 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.

There is nothing macabre and the customs are fascinating and very interesting
Bring a packed lunch to eat in the servants quarters Tea and coffee will be supplied.
Illustrated with powerpoint and film.

Saturday 13 October 2018 11am-3pm  Ref: COM565 Fee: £25
Enrol in person at Student Centre, Pelham Street, Tel 01273 667767

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: 

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: 

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: 

TEL 01273 667788

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