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** 2021  ADULT EDUCATION COURSES ** 
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For enquiries about Adult and Leisure courses please e-mail  commercial@gbmc and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

COURSES WILL BE TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOAT MET COLLEGE & WHITEHAWK INN.  CLASSROOMS ARE SANITIZED BEFORE USE. WINDOWS AND DOORS KEPT OPEN TO VENTILATE. SANITIZERS FREELY AVAILABLE. * FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN IN COMMUNAL AREAS BUT ARE OPTIONAL IN CLASSROOM.* NUMBER OF PLACES PER CLASSROOM IS HALVED AND DESKS ARE DISTANCED. 
COVID-10 RAPID TESTING SHOULD E CARRIED OUT WEEKLY AT HOME AND THE RESULTS SENT TO NHS AND THE COLLEGE.  THIS IS NOT MANDATORY

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

๐ŸŒž  SUMMER COURSES  ๐ŸŒž

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 19 April 1.30-3.30pm NEW Ref CL0637-1C Fee £127

  *Please note new course start date re lockdown (originally January).

Maximum 10 places re distancing. One place available. 
* Face covering to be worn in all areas including classroom. *


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. 

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 21 April  1-3pm

 Ref CL0639 -1C 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.  FULL

*PLEASE NOTE NEW COURSE START DATE (originally January) DUE TO  LOCKDOWN. 


  DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN AND RESCHEDULING OF CLASSES THE FOLLOWING ARE POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN OR 2022 OR CANCELLED. SEE DETAILS BELOW


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

 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 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
                       CANCELLED

Summer in the City: exploring Brighton's unique history 
(includes 3 Brighton 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.  Classroom sessions illustrated with images, maps and powerpoint slides.                                                                5 weeks start 8 May Ref: CL0027-1C  Fee: £66                             https://www.gbmc.ac.uk/history-exploring-brightons-history-metleisure  
 CANCELLED

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.

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:  "The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot,  "The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, Factory Boy" by Frances Trollope (mother of Anthony),“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.  
   
Originally 5 Fortnightly Saturdays start 17 April  11am-2pm 
As there will be no Saturdays at MET for this academic year this course will now run from January 2022 - possibly from Autumn 2021
REF CL0640-1C  Fee: £95
Maximum 10 places re distancing 


SADLY, DUE TO CURRENT RESTRICTIONS, ALL COURSES AND SATURDAYS AT FABULOUS, HISTORIC PRESTON MANOR HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. COURSES WILL RESUME IN SPRING 2022. Details here later in year.


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

*DUE TO CURRENT LOCKDOWN AND RESCHEDULING COURSE IS POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN 2021 AND WILL RUN FOR 10 WEEKS. DATE HERE SOON. 



There will be distanced guided Brighton history tours including Woodvale and Extra-Mural Cemetery as soon as restrictions are lifted.
 
Please let me know if you are interested. 


OTHER EVENTS

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Due to the current lockdown and 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
Date to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes or transferred to 2022

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 UNTIL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE OR YOU CAN CONTACT ME. IT WILL PROBABLY NOW RUN 2022


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
Dates to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes or postponed to 2022

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 Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee:
Dates to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes. Otherwise 2022. Check here.

An Autumn Day in the Life of a Regency Town House 
£60 includes all talks, tours, hot drinks, lunch and cake.
Early Bird offer £47 Book via eventbrite  - there is a booking fee:
 Dates to be confirmed 2021 if covid situation changes. Check here


๐Ÿ‘ปThings That Go Bump in the Night: A Halloween Happening ๐ŸŽƒ
๐ŸงScary poetry and cake๐Ÿง 
October date and time to be confirmed if covid situation eases

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2021/22 courses and workshops from September

FULL DETAILS SOON AND INCLUDE BRIGHTON METROPOLITAN
COLLEGE, WHITEHAWK COMMUNITY CENTRE, VARNDEAN COLLEGE AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH HALL, WOODINGDEAN; ROTTINGDEAN WHITEWAY CENTRE 
AND POSSIBLY ONLINE  FOR SUSSEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (history course).
PLACES WILL BE LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Back to almost normal?
Course are expected to be taught in classrooms from September without face coverings (except in public areas) and minimal distancing. This may change.

Proposed courses - basic details below, further details to follow:  
Venues key: GBMET= Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Pelham St, Brighton, BN1 4FA
RWC = Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, BN2 7HB
WHI = Whitehawk Inn Community Centre (for GBMET)  Whitehawk Rd, Brighton, BN2 5NS
VARN-HX = Holy Cross Church Hall, Woodingdean (for Varndean College)  Downsway, BN2 6BD
PM =Preston Manor (end of Preston Park)  Preston Drove, BN1 6SD
(Further details on venues - scroll down to end)

                                                               AUTUMN 2021                                                               (Courses start  September)  

The Great Exhibition and Mid-Victorian Britain (1848-1870)  [GBMET]  (Mon)

The Edwardians: A Golden Age (1900-1914)  [RWC]  (Tue)

Fashion and Style History - how it shaped British culture 1750-2000  [GBMET]  (Tue eve)

Culture and Society Between the Wars 1918-1939  [WHI]  (Wed)

The Novel as Social History: North and South Divide - Industrial, Rural and Urban Lives (fortnightly)  [GBMET]  (Sat)

Arts, Culture and Society in Regency England (1790-1830)  [VarnHX]  (Mon-start Oct)

"Beautiful and Useful"–The Victorian Arts & Crafts Movement (1860-1910)  [GBMET]  (Sat)

Christmas! Myths, Legends, Customs and Traditions of the Festive Season  [GBMET]  (Sat)


                                                                 SPRING 2022                                                                 (Courses start January)

  The Victorian World 1851-1875  [GBMET]  (Mon)

The Edwardians: A Golden Age (1900-1914)   [PM]  {Tue)

A History of Fashion and Society 1700-2000   [PM]  {Tue)

Women, Wartime, the Homefront and Post-war Britain  [WHI]  (Wed)

The Novel as Social History: Life, Work, Leisure and Love (fortnightly)  [GBMET]  (Sat)

Introducing the Victorians [VarnHX]  (Mon -start Feb/Mar)

.Looking at Victorian Art – paintings as social history  [GBMET]  (Sat)

A Day in the Life of an Edwardian House   [PM]  {Sat)


๐ŸŒž  SUMMER 2022  ๐ŸŒž   
Courses start  April   

 Victorian Life and Leisure 1851-1875  [GBMET]  (Mon)

Art Deco and the ‘Moderne’ (1918-1939)  [GBMET]  (Tue eve)

The History of Brighton – a unique resort  [WHI]  (Wed)       

Summer Reading: Books, books and more books!  [GBMET]  (Sat)

The Shaping of Early Victorian Britain  (1837-1850) [VarnHX]  (Mon -start May)

Summer in the City: exploring Brighton’s unique history (incl 3 field trips) [GBMET]  (5 Sats)


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 cafรฉs 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:
Cafรฉ 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    

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre
Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB
Transport & Parking:
Very small car park outside, some nearby parking in side streets, car parks on main sea road (few mins walk).  Bus nos 2, 22, 22A stop nearby, Bus nos 12, 12A, 12X, 27C, 47 stop by the White Horse Hotel on the seafront - short walk.
Refreshments:
Tea-making facilities in hall. Small cafes nearby and in Museum tea garden next door during summer.
Further information:
Rottingdean public library and museum next door (opening times vary). Shops and Co-op in the High Street. Post office. Several historic public houses, village pond, windmill (not generally open), Grade II listed 1300s St Margaret's Church, accessible downland and a few minutes from the sea and beach. 
 
Preston Manor
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD
Location:
Situated 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