Wednesday, 1 January 2020

 Check venues, fees, dates before booking - accurate as possible, but may change, be postponed or cancelled. 
 Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA tel 01273 667704/88
Class taking place in the Macquoid room of Preston Manor 2019 Photo: Gessler
All courses taught on Pelham Street campus unless otherwise stated e.g. Preston Manor (historic house)
Sessions are relaxed and friendly and there is no homework.

Arts Culture and Society in Regency England (1790-1830)

An age of elegant living for the wealthy, aspiration for merchants and tradesmen, great hardship for the poor, but also a brilliant period for the arts, culture, architecture, literature, technology, science and for great advances and  new and exciting ideas. 

We study all strata of society focussing on arts and culture.  The arts were prominent with
collections of painting, sculpture and artefacts brought back from the Grand Tour. We view the 
beginnings of consumerism and shopping and the rise of the seaside, especially of Brighton, 
and all that entailed in the need for accommodation, food, shops and entertainments.

Jane Austen and the Regency go hand in hand. Her charming and witty writings reflect the period and 
give an insight into the minutiae of society. It is recommended that you read some of her letters and works of fiction, especially “Mansfield Park”, “Persuasion” and “Northangar Abbey”, as these reflect different aspects of life for various classes in the Regency period.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides, images and maps. 

10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start 13 January 2020
Ref no: CL0059-1C Pelham Street campus Fee £123

Whitehawk Road  
(Buses stop outside or nearby)    
In the Shadow of the Century: 
Edwardian Britain 1900-1914
A short period of peace and prosperity before the First World War. Edwardians ‘saw themselves at the beginning of a new century of promise’ (A.J. Taylor). The wealthy were extremely rich and the working-class were beginning to voice concerns. This was a time of struggle for women’s rights and the courage of the Suffragettes.
An interesting period of social, domestic and working life.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, film and documentary.
Tutor Sarah Tobias
10 Weeks Wednesday 1-3pm start 15 January
Ref CL0356-1C Fee £20 (£10 Concessions)
TEL: 01273 667704  or enrol in person at Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham Street, Brighton 

 (Preston Manor) 
Cool Britannia: How Fashion Shaped British Culture (1750-2019) 
Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton & Hove

This course examines historic inspiration that forms today’s innovative fashion and 
designers by studying the fascinating social and cultural history of Britain.

We examine how the social and cultural background of the eighteenth and nineteenth 
centuries influenced British fashion then and now; focussing on aspects of fashion 
such as the voluminous and extravagant court dresses of the eighteenth century and 
the dandy; Victorian crinoline, bustle and aestheticism; Edwardian, Art Nouveau, 
 Art Deco era, wartime recycling, swinging sixties, and subculture of mods, rockers, 
goths, skinheads and punks. 

You will learn how to read fashion, what your clothes say about you and examine key 
style developments and designers such as Mary Quant (current exhibition at the V&A). 
A really exciting and fascinating course that will make you think differently about style, 
clothing and what you and others wear.
Illustrated with masses of fashion illustrations and powerpoint slideshows.

8 weeks Tuesday 10.30am-12.30pm start 21 January 2020 
Ref no: CL0276-1C  (Preston Manor) Fee: £98

Varndean College at Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean
(Buses 2, 22, 22A stop outside, car park across road outside library) 

Innovation and Experiment: Georgian England    

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 Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows.

6 weeks start Mon 27 January  10.00 - 12.00
Fee £70 concessions £45/25  Enrol: 01273 546604 

The Novel as Social History:  Life and Living 
Unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history, 
book club – and  lively  discussion!  Within the pages of the 
novel we discover more than a story - enthralling  ‘other’
information about people, relationships, class and place.

We study the social and cultural history of the novel 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. 
We study the social and cultural history of the novel 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. 

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’S writers are Jane Austen, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, 
Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Leonard Merrick, Patrick Hamilton, George Orwell, 
Richmal Crompton and Barbara Pym. Request full reading list from tutor. 

You are expected to participate in group discussion.

 5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-2pm 
Start 25 January 2020 

Ref no: CL0030-1C  Pelham St campus Fee: £64

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                           13 Brunswick Square, Hove,  BN3 1EH

LOVE AND LOATHING - poems (and cake) for St Valentine’s

A grand tour through the history of food and love with tastings and recipes and notes to take away. 

Light-hearted readings, poetry, tea and cake served in the historic basement kitchen of the Regency Town House in Hove, which is an historic property from the 1830s being slowly and lovingly restored. 

And, you will leave with a small cake for a loved one - or a different something for those not so loved. 

 Readings by Sarah Tobias and  Paul Couchman, the Regency Cook, 
who will also serve your tea and cake.

Friday 14 February 2pm   
£12 plus booking fee includes tea, cake and tastings.
Book via Eventbrite   


A talk by Sarah Tobias at the West Pier Centre
(in the prom arches opposite the ruins of the pier)

Thursday 27 February 2020 6-7pm 
 Limited seating so book early. £6 wine or soft drink included. 
(Similar talk sold out early last year)

Further information/booking:  Book: via Eventbrite:  
(Sarah is an ex West Pier guide) 
Only few tickets remaining.
"The Whiplash Curve" Art Nouveau (1890-1910) 

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The Art Nouveau style followed on directly from Victorian Arts and Crafts and    was in direct response to radical changes and technological advances. 

Its iconic style was highly decorative, with undulating and flowing forms, waves, asymmetrical lines and the famous "whiplash curve", and was found on, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, glass and advertising posters.

Its organic structure, designs and motifs were influenced by many styles, folklore, ancient and classical countries - including Japan, France and Islamic and Eastern traditions; and mainly of nature and natural styles, such as plant forms, floral and leaf patterns, sea anemones and insects - especially the dragonfly. The particular style also incorporated long flowing tendrils
of hair and entwined foliage.

 1 day SATURDAY 14 March 2020  11am-3pm
Ref no: CM0163-1C  Pelham St campus Fee: £26

A cream coloured terrace house built in Regency style. It has 5 floors and the photo shows the house from street view. There are black cast iron railings in front of the building and the building has a basement which you can just about see in the photo.
13 Brunswick Square, Hove,  BN3 1EH

A really exciting and unique event:
Saturday 4 April 10.30am-4pm

You will be welcomed with hot chocolate (or coffee) and plum cake
in the kitchen followed by discussion on servant duties and then on
to the basement of no. 10 Brunswick Square which is a time capsule,
having been left undisturbed for many years, where you will enjoy a
guided tour. Regency inspired lunch back at the Town House will be
followed by an illustrated talk in the small servant hall on daily life for the wealthy who lived in the main part of the house - which we will then tour. Discussion, questions and answer session with afternoon tea and cake ends our pleasant day. 

Presented by lecturer and guide Sarah Tobias and Town House cook Paul Couchman

£60 includes all talks, tours, hot drinks, lunch and cake.
Early Bird offer £47 until February 29.  
Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee: 
 Event is being repeated June 6 (with outdoor pic-nic instead of lunch)  
and October 3rd

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Introducing the Victorians 

An introduction into the world of the remarkable and 
influential Victorian period which spanned 64 years and
saw many changes and advances, opening up spheres 
of communication, travel and consumerism, especially after the 
Great Exhibition of 1851.  

This short course is an introduction and overview of a long historical period which will be followed up in the next 
academic year. We discuss aspects of social and daily life 
in nineteenth century England, and the effect on the 
working, middle and upper classes. Particular consideration is given to the impact on 
women’s lives. The Victorian era saw many changes in all aspects of daily life within the
home, at work, in the factories, mills and for the life of the influential and wealthy.

This short course is an introduction and overview of a long historical period which
will be followed up in the next academic year. We discuss aspects of social and
daily life in nineteenth century England, and the effect on the working, middle
and upper classes. Particular consideration is given to the impact on women’s
lives. The Victorian era saw many changes in all aspects of daily life within the
home, at work, in the factories, mills and for the life of the influential
and wealthy.

We take a general look at life in factories and mills, problems of housing, poor
nutrition, lack of education and medical attention and the wealth of Victorian
literature. We discuss social investigation and reforms which were also tackled
in some of the novels of the period.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides.

6 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm start 20 April 2020 
Ref no: CL0028-1C  Pelham St campus  Fee £64
Only few places remaining

The World of Iconic Art Deco - Interwar Modernism 1918-1939 

For those of you who love the iconic style of Art Deco and clean lines of Modernism, 
this is the course which will explain the difference between the two and discover 
the influences that made these innovative forms.  

For those of you who love the iconic style of Art Deco and clean lines of Modernism, 
this is the course which will explain the difference between the two and discover 
the influences that made these innovative forms. 

We study the inter-war years of change and innovation focussing on The Decorative
Movement, Modernism or ‘moderne’, later described as ‘Art Deco’ which was based
on classical and other influences, including Egyptian - after the 1922 opening of
Tutankhamun’s tomb. The smoothly distinctive ‘Modernist’ style dominated all
aspects of domestic and cultural life and was notable for its architectural and
design features. Motifs included the sunray.

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.

Richly illustrated with masses of images and powerpoint slidehows
5  weeks Tuesday 7-9pm start 21 April 2020
Ref no: CL0068-1C  Pelham Street campus Fee £64

R    Summer Reading: Books, Books and More Books!   R 
Summer c.1958 by Donald Moodie (1892-1963)

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. We also view extracts of two of the novels that were made into films.

A reading list will be available from the tutor and you will be expected to participate in group discussion.

1 day Saturday 25 April  2020 10am-4pm   
Ref: CL0067-1C  Pelham Street campus. Fee: £26

Short Saturday Course:

R Summer in the City: Exploring Brighton's Unique History R

Two classroom sessions and 3 field trips in Brighton

                  Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
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.

5 weeks Saturday 11am-1pm starting 02 May 2020
Ref: CL0027-1C Pelham Street campus  Fee: £64 
                                                    Only few places remaining

Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH


A talk with costumes and accessories from the wonderful collection of Marion May followed by tea in dining room and servant's kitchen, after which Sarah Tobias will give an illustrated talk on Victorians and Social life 

                                             SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2.30pm 

£20 + booking fee Enquiries: Tel: 01273 206306

 Study day at the West Pier Centre

Patrick Hamilton’s “The West Pier” followed by Tea at the Metropole
Thursday 11 June 11am-4pm

We study social, cultural, local and West Pier history, characters and events - all within Patrick Hamilton’s excellent novel, followed by tea at the Hotel Metropole. 

Morning session will be followed by a short seafront tour. Bring a packed lunch to eat on the beach or forecourt - or several cafes nearby. After our afternoon session we will 
go across the road to the Metropole Hotel for afternoon tea.  The hotel features in the novel.  

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshow. 
Please read the short novel beforehand.

Places will be limited so early booking advised. All final details and fees will appear here soon with link to EventBrite for booking.

                                  Tutor is ex-West Pier tour guide
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

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, 22A 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 
Delicatessen cafe and public houses opposite and in Preston Drove. Chalet restaurant in park.

The Regency Town House
13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH
Transport & Parking:
Buses stop at the top of Brunswick square in Western Road
Very limited parking. 
Refreshments provided  
Lots of shops and cafes in Western Road. Seafront is about 2 minutes walk

The West Pier Centre
103-105 King's Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN 
Transport & Parking:
Nearby car parks - Regency Square. Buses stop in Western Road and walk down.  
Wine or cool drink provided  
Situated on the lower prom and seafront. Various shops and lots of cafes and restaurants. Hotels on upper level over the road. Western Road and popular streets of Brighton with many shops and cafes are 10-20 minutes walk

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