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** 2020/21  ADULT EDUCATION COURSES ** 
(For other events, please scroll down to end)


THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM AND ONLINE.
AT MET COLLEGE & WHITEHAWK INN.  CLASSROOMS ARE SANITIZED BEFORE USE,
WINDOWS AND DOORS KEPT OPEN TO VENTILATE, SANITIZERS FREELY
AVAILABLE. FACE COVERINGS ARE WORN IN COMMUNAL AREAS.
NUMBER OF PLACES PER CLASSROOM IS HALVED AND DESKS ARE DISTANCED. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON YOU CAN ACCESS THE COURSE ONLINE AT THE SAME AS IT IS BEING TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM. 
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TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk


The Shaping of Early Victorian Britain (1837-1850)

A course for lovers of social and cultural history during the early Victorian era, which was a time of change and development, and the effects of the Industrial Revolution. 

Much was happening in this period including reforms and a different way of thinking which brought about Factory Acts and observation of the needs of the poor.  Working conditions were harsh and homes for the poor insanitary.

The family was central to peaceful harmony and the new middle-class norm was for separate spheres:  women in the domestic sphere focussing on husband, family care and “good works”, while men were to be in the public sphere, including politics and commerce. Legally, women had almost no rights and were the property of their husbands.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows  
     
10 weeks Monday 1.30-3.30pm * Start 11 January * 2021 Ref CL0059-1C Fee £127

*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS COURSE IS NOW DUE TO START AFTER 18 JANUARY - UPDATE HERE AND I WILL CONTACT THOSE ENROLLED* 

Maximum 10 places re distancing 1 classroom place remaining. Online places available.


MET course at WHITEHAWK INN
Brighton BN2 5NS (buses stop outside):

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE AND CLASSROOM CAPACITY HAS BEEN REDUCED FOR DISTANCING. SANITISERS ARE AVAIALBLE AT RECEPTION. FACE COVERINGS TO BE WORN IN COMMUNAL AREAS. THE COURSE CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED ONLINE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CLASSROOM TAKES PLACE

Interwar Britain: Work and Leisure 1918-1939

Life changed after the First World War with the decline of high living for the wealthy as the supply of servants dramatically dropped. Cultural life took on a particular aspect reflected in architecture, design, fashion, music, literature, cinema and distinctive styles of Art Deco and Modernism. Further changes altered everyday living and perceptions, especially how women viewed their role, although little was being done to change their status even though they had contributed so greatly to the war effort and workforce. 

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, film and documentary.

10 Weeks Wednesday 1-3pm 

* Start13 JanuarRef CL0618 Fee A £20 B £10 (Benefits)

Enrol - T: 01273 667704 or in person at Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham Street, Brighton.   

Maximum 5 places re distancing 1 classroom place remaining. Online places available.

*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS COURSE IS NOW DUE TO START AFTER 18 JANUARY - UPDATE HERE AND I WILL CONTACT THOSE ENROLLED* 


  The Novel as Social HistoryNorth and South Divide – 
Industrial, Rural and Urban Lives     
            
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.

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. 
You are expected to participate in group discussion and this term’s novels include:   “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell, “Cider with Rosie” by Laurie Lee and “The Dreaming Suburb” by R.F. Delderfield. Full reading list from tutor: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk and you are expected to participate in group discussion.
  

   
5 Fortnightly Saturdays 11am-2pm *Start 16 January 2021* Ref CL0030-1C Fee: £95
Maximum 10 places re distancing 4 classroom places remaining. Online places available.

*PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS COURSE IS NOW DUE TO START AFTER 18 JANUARY - UPDATE HERE AND I WILL CONTACT THOSE ENROLLED* 

Varndean College 

> COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE ONLY VIA GOOGLE MEETS & GOOGLE CLASSROOM <

Arts, Culture and Society in Regency England 1790-1830

An age of elegant living and great hardship. Regency London was a hotbed of crime, vice, and low life of every kind, but this was also a brilliant period for the arts, culture, architecture, literature, exciting ideas and the rise of the seaside - which entailed the need for accommodation, food, shops and entertainments. 
Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows.

6 weeks Monday 10am-12pm Start 01 February 2021 Fee B) £75 A) £25
Enrol: 01273 546604 
Varndean Adult Education website. https://varndean.ac.uk/courses 
Online learning; advice and support: Online learning is simple when you know how. Varndean College is linking with The Trust for Developing Communities to support older learners with this transition. If you are over 50 and you need help and support to access online learning via Google Meet and Zoom, please get in touch. One-to-one telephone support is available to get you up and running and to help build your confidence and skills. Help may also be available for equipment: Call now to find out more: 01273 546602 / 07749 357321 / dem@varndean.ac.uk


TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk 

Looking at Victorian Art – paintings as social history     
Victorian paintings tell us much more than the main picture. They are full of symbolism and reveal other features around the central subject, reflecting massive social changes, turmoil and emotions.

Victorian artists attempted to expose social conditions by painting them realistically rather than making the subjects beautiful. Some took a moral stance, and the fallen woman was a popular subject.

Domestic scenes showed interiors of everyday life which appealed to the public and painters wanted to portray them as ‘real life’. They were not afraid of painting controversial subjects which might shock the public.

Paintings, such as the large William Powell Frith’s Derby Day, were so popular when they were shown that a rail was needed to stop the public from getting too close to the pictures and damaging them.

Illustrated with books, PowerPoint presentation, illustrations and art.
     
One day Saturday 11am-3pm 27 March 2021 Ref CM0163-1C Fee: £27
gbmc.ac.uk/history-looking-at-victorian-art-paintings-as-social-history-brighton-metleisure
Maximum 10 places re distancing. Online places available.

SADLY, DUE TO CURRENT RESTRICTIONS, ALL COURSES AND SATURDAYS AT FABULOUS, HISTORIC PRESTON MANOR HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THE MANOR IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 2021
COURSES WILL RESUME IN AUTUMN 2021

🌞 SUMMER 2021 🌞

TAUGHT AT PELHAM STREET CAMPUS, BRIGHTON:
E: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk 

  
The Great Exhibition and Mid-Victorian Britain (1848-1870)
An introduction to the remarkable and influential mid-Victorian period which witnessed many changes, especially after the Great Exhibition of 1851.
 The Great Exhibition of 1851 showcased the huge variety of technology, textiles, furniture, and fashions which could now be produced by means of mass production and new machinery. An example of which was the steam press, triggering an increase in consumption of pulp fiction, mainly purchased by the working classes. Cheap newspaper further enhanced leisure publicity.
The Arts & Crafts Movement, firmly rooted in the Gothic Revival, was energised by a rejection of the uninspired and repetitive design inventory of mid-Victorian Britain.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides.
5 weeks Monday start 19 April CL0028-1C  Fee £76
   https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-victorians-brighton-metleisure


 Art Deco and the ‘Moderne’  (1918-1939) 
 
After WWI a new, distinctive style emerged in the 1920's and '30's, Smooth lines and geometric patterns featured on architecture, advertising, fashion, jewellery, furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, metalware, technology and cinema.

The Modern Movement or ‘moderne’ style, later known as ‘Art Deco’, was brought to prominence by the Paris Exposition of Decorative Art in 1925 and lasted approximately twenty years. It was based on classical and other styles, including Egyptian, Arts & Crafts, Chinoiserie, Art Nouveau, Jazz Age, Cubism, Aztec, and Futurism. It was a style which reflected the machine age, utilising period innovations, such as plastics, chrome and aluminium. Motifs were based on forms of nature: trees, flowers and insects.

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, utilizing modern technology and materials, and electrical devices.

Illustrated with powerpoint slidehows, film and documentary.

6 weeks Tuesday 7-9pm start 20 April  Ref: CL0068-1C  Fee £76
 Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!
If you love books, reading, social and cultural history, and lots of lively discussion in a relaxed, informal atmosphere then this one-day course is definitely for you.

This is a unique one-day study session comprising literature and social and cultural history. Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story - enthralling  ‘other’ information about people, relationships, class and place.

We discuss books for summer reading from a selection of novels with lots of background social and cultural history to be read before class (whole or part) and further recommendations.

A different, unusual, exciting way of reading and learning in a friendly, relaxed group. We also view extracts of one or two of the novels that were made into films.

A reading list will be  available from the tutor: SARAH.TOBIAS@gbmc.ac.uk, and you will be expected to participate in group discussion. 

One day Saturday 24 April 10am-4pm Ref: CL0067-1C Fee: £32
  Summer in the City: exploring Brighton's unique history 
(includes 3 Brighton field trips)
If you are interested in the distinctive history of Brighton and how it evolved, and enjoy walking through the city and discovering places you might not know, you will enjoy this course comprising of two classroom sessions and three field trips.     

 We study the fascinating history of Brighton in two classroom sessions with 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.

Classroom sessions illustrated with images, maps and powerpoint slides.              

5 weeks start 1 May Ref: CL0027-1C  Fee: £66

I will be running online courses and talks in 2021. 
 Details will be posted here. 

Please let me know if you are interested, and in distanced outdoor guided tours including Woodvale and Extra-mural Cemetery
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OTHER EVENTS

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Due to the current situation with social distancing,  the following events have been postponed until further notice. 

 Study day at the West Pier Centre

Patrick Hamilton’s “The West Pier” 
followed by cocktails or tea at Metropole Hotel
Thursday 11 June 11am-4pm 2020
Date to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes

We study social, cultural, local and West Pier history, characters and events 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 or cocktails. The hotel features in the novel.  

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshow.
Please read short novel before the session.

Fee £28 (plus booking fee)  
(Does not include refreshments at the Metropole for which you pay separately. Cocktails from £9, cup of tea £2.90, full afternoon tea £24 - two can share - Hotel suggests two afternoon teas shared by three - with additional cups of tea)   Book via EventBrite:
THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED AND WILL RUN IN 2021. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE OR YOU CAN CONTACT ME NEARER THE DATE.  ALSO SEE   https://www.westpier.co.uk/


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.
THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE                                                          

13 Brunswick Square, Hove,  BN3 1EH

A really exciting and unique event:
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REGENCY TOWN HOUSE
Saturday 4 April, 6 June 3 Ocober 10.30am-4pm,  2020
Dates to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes

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

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. 

£60 includes all talks, tours, hot drinks, lunch and cake.
Early Bird offer £47 until February 29.   SOLD  OUT
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021. CHECK HERE.

An Autumn Day in the Life of a Regency Town House 
Saturday October 3rd
Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee:
 EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021. CHECK HERE.

We may also be running online courses - check here

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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-tobias-0318943a?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile 
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Courses -Venue Addresses, transport and refreshments

Brighton Metroplitan College MET (formerly City College)
Pelham Street, Brighton BN1 4FA
Location:
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
Refreshments:
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.
Refreshments:
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
Location:
Situated at end of Preston Park.
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby
Free parking outside and in adjacent street.
Refreshments:
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:
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.  
Refreshments:
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
Location:
Campus located in the South Downs National Park
Transport & Parking:
Buses and rail nearby into town and elsewhere
Car parks
Refreshments:
Cafes and restaurants on campus.                                                                                                            
Co-op, pharmacy, books and stationery shops