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‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘The Goldfinch’: Art, Literature, Film

9 January 2021 -

The course will look at how art has both featured in and inspired film. Taking the two paintings as examples we will discuss the films themselves, the historical background to…

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70th Anniversary – Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin: Britain’s First Ballet Superstars

3 June 2021 -

70 years ago Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded Festival Ballet with the help of Polish impresario Julian Braunsweg. English National Ballet celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2020.  It was…

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70th Anniversary – Art at The Festival of Britain (1951)

16 February 2021 -

The course examines the art at the great 1951 festival, including the “60 for ‘51″ art competition, folk art, and the murals and sculpture that decorated the festival site. Seventy…

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70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North

23 October 2020 -

70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North A series of three lectures (including lunch) exploring Lord North and his links to Dillington House will enlighten and entertain you. Lord North: the…

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70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North

13 November 2020 -

70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North The second in this series of three lectures (including lunch) exploring Lord North and his links to Dillington House. Lord North: losing America was…

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70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North – Last in series

22 January 2021 -

70th Anniversary – Exploring Lord North – The last in this series of lectures (with lunch) exploring Lord North and his links to Dillington House. Lord North: clearly not a…

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70th Anniversary – St Ives Artists – Ben Nicholson: Another Dimension

27 February 2021 -

From Caravaggio to Constable, one of the abiding preoccupations of Western Art has been the play of light and shade. To be able to conjure in oil or watercolour, a…

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70th Anniversary – St Ives Artists – Peter Lanyon: A New Point of View

26 September 2020 -

‘I want to show what I know and what I feel. Not just what I see.’ Before it can be painted, the landscape must be experienced and that is why…

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70th Anniversary – The Art and Life of Henri Matisse

12 April 2021 -

2021 is the seventieth anniversary of the completion of the Rosary Chapel at Venice in Southern France, a project which Henri Matisse considered his finest creation. Along with Picasso, Matisse…

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70th Anniversary – The Story of Adult Education

20 November 2020 -

70th Anniversary – The Story of Adult Education This day course will appeal to those with an interest in the cultural history of Britain and history of education. This day…

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70th Anniversary – Three Score Years and Ten: Seven Centuries of Artists’ Lives from Giotto to Lee Miller

8 February 2021 -

In the year when Dillington House celebrates 70 years of providing adult education, this course takes the theme of ’70’ as its inspiration and features a selection of artists, both…

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70th Anniversary: 70 Years of Gardening Trends with Katherine Crouch

9 October 2020 -

An entertaining lecture of the history of gardening trends from 1950 to the present day. A reflection of how we expressed our leisure at home informs us of our social…

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A Country Bouquet

9 September 2020 -

Create your own beautiful bouquet of flowers and foliage in stitch and pure silk ribbon embroidery. This technique is very satisfying and easy to master. Your finished piece could be…

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A Decade of Sensation

12 March 2021 - 14 March 2021

This course will explore three successful writers of Victorian sensation fiction. Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Wilkie Collins were hugely successful writers and were key figures in the…

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A Little History of Paris Through Art & Architecture

5 October 2020 -

This study day will begin with a historical survey of Paris from its ancient origins as the settlement of the Parisii tribe to the present day. We will then look…

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A Short History of Amsterdam and its Artists

26 April 2021 -

This study day begins with an illustrated survey of the history of Amsterdam from its beginnings until 1900, focussing on its ‘Golden Age’ in the 1600s. We will examine the…

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Advanced Corn Dolly Workshop

10 April 2021 -

If you have attended one of Michaels’ courses before this will help you advance your skills. Spend the day working with straw using traditional methods to create a beautiful pot…

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Against the Odds: How Women Writers Found their Voices

14 September 2020 -

This course is for anyone interested in discovering the process whereby women came to make their voices heard, transcending the roles assigned them by society. Students must be prepared to…

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Age Well with Yoga

30 October 2020 - 1 November 2020

Age Well with Yoga Many people spend their later years in poor health, which affects their energy levels and ability to do day-to-day activities. A regular yoga practice can help…

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Aladdin’s Palace Pop-Up

15 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

This course will appeal to those interested in art, craft and paper engineering. In the story of Aladdin, the genie builds Aladdin and his bride a magnificent palace of domes…

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Alexander II: The Tsar Who Needed Seven Lives

10 February 2021 -

Alexander II: The Tsar Who Needed Seven Lives – Morning session with lunch Tsar Alexander II (reigned 1860-81) was a liberal reformer at the time of Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy. He…

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Alignment Therapy

22 September 2020 -

Do you have back (or other) pain and want to relieve it? The Evans Technique of Therapy, officially recognised in 2011 by the Independent Professional Therapists International (IPTI), is an…

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American Joy – The Ballets of Paul Taylor and Mark Morris

7 April 2021 -

The word joyous is not one that springs to mind when looking at some comtemporary dance, yet this word and many other similar adjectives – ‘sunny’, ‘lyrical’, ‘humourous’ – can…

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Ancient Egyptian Palace Paintings

8 April 2021 - 10 April 2021

The palaces of the 14th Century BC pharaohs Amenhotep III and Akhenaten have been excavated at Malkata in Western Thebes (Luxor) and Amarna in Middle Egypt, revealing extensive painted decoration,…

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Antiques Explored Session 1 – Mission Impottable. Or, the story of English Ceramics: Pottery! Porcelain! Bone China! Basalt! Stoneware!

26 October 2020 -

A series of three morning courses with lunch for anyone with an interest in antiques or the history of our country. The first morning charts the fascinating story of English…

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Antiques Explored Session 2 – Porcelain, Princes & Promiscuity! Or the Art of Dating Georgian Cups by Shape

15 February 2021 -

Early tea drinking was more to do with fashion than thirst.  Trend became a vital part of the tea ware trade and when a new cup became popular all producers…

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Antiques Explored Session 3 – Cracking Glass: The Story of Early English Drinking Glasses

1 June 2021 -

Glass has been around for thousands of years but, from a drinking glass collector’s point of view, it started in England, in the late seventeenth century, with the invention of…

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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

4 December 2020 - 6 December 2020

From the disparate forms presented by the last vestiges of Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau, there soon developed Modern Architecture. This term covers so many forms such as the International…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

2 October 2020 - 4 October 2020

The course is suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formation in Scottish Country Dancing. This weekend gives you an opportunity to improve…

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Bags of Fun

15 January 2021 -

Making bags is a great way of using up small amounts of fabric left over from larger projects, perhaps to match or co-ordinate with an outfit. Students can use their…

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Basic Corn Dolly Making

13 March 2021 -

This course is ideal for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs and decoration. During…

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Basic Corn Dolly Making

17 October 2020 -

This course is ideal for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs and decoration. During…

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Basic Corn Dolly Making

3 October 2020 -

This course is ideal for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs and decoration. During…

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Beatrice Webb (Extraordinary Women Series)

12 April 2021 -

This day course will look at the life of Beatrice Webb, a socialist, social reformer, Fabian Society member, co-founder of the LSE and prolific diarist.

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Beethoven 250: The Symphonies and Concerts

30 October 2020 - 1 November 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven burst on the European music scene at the very outset of the 19th century. His impact on the music of composers that followed in his footsteps was…

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Beginners Crochet

15 March 2021 -

Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be…

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Beginners Crochet

11 September 2020 -

Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be…

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Beginners Knitting

16 November 2020 -

Start your journey into the wonderful world of knitting. You will be guided through the basic techniques of cast on and cast off, the first knit and purl stitches and…

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Belle Époque: The Music of France 1870-1914

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe the period of relative peace and prosperity between the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the outbreak of World War 1 in…

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Berry Embroidery

21 September 2020 -

Capture the Autumnal beauty of the berries in our hedgerows and gardens through bead embroidery and stitch. You will be guided through some easy techniques to produce your own stunning…

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Beyond Birth, Marriage and Death – Going Further with Family History

23 September 2020 -

Once you move beyond the key sources, such as Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and the Census, you come to look at the wonderful and varied documents which put flesh…

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Beyond Birth, Marriage and Death – Going Further with Family History

15 February 2021 -

Once you move beyond the key sources, such as Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and the Census, you come to look at the wonderful and varied documents which put flesh…

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Bobbin Lace

9 October 2020 - 12 October 2020

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in…

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Bobbin Lace

27 June 2021 - 3 July 2021

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in…

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Bobbin Lace

15 October 2021 - 18 October 2021

This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in…

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Bookbinding

8 November 2021 - 12 November 2021

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Bookbinding

16 November 2020 - 20 November 2020

Angela’s bookbinding courses are aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly those who have taken a beginners’ course and would like to expand their knowledge. Students should bring a selection…

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Bookbinding

15 March 2021 - 19 March 2021

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Bookbinding – Cross-structured and Cut-Flush

20 September 2021 - 23 September 2021

Bookbinding Cross-structured and Cut-Flush Try out and explore two contrasting bookbinding structures. The Crossed-Structure binding, from Carmencho Arregui, is simple yet full of potential. Flexible and endlessly variable, it works…

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Bookbinding – Miniatures 1

28 October 2020 -

A small – but perfectly formed – leather bound book. Over the course of the day we will fold and sew sections, add endpapers, round the spine and colour the…

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Bookbinding – Miniatures 2

29 October 2020 -

Flex your fingertips and spend the day investigating some classic and contemporary book structures scaled down to make miniature artists’ books. We’ll play with folds, movement, texture, colour and covers…

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Bookbinding – The Ideal Sketchbook

12 April 2021 - 14 April 2021

This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books.  This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment.…

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Bookbinding – The Presentation Album

14 April 2021 - 16 April 2021

This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment…

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Bookbinding Clamshell Box

12 March 2021 - 14 March 2021

In every household we encounter numerous projects that require the boxing of books. In this Workshop we will brush up our skills in board construction and covering technique, explore box…

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Bookbinding For Beginners

15 January 2021 - 17 January 2021

This Workshop is an introduction to bookbinding where you will learn the basic use of bookbinding materials and tools together with some simple structures that can be made with little…

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Bookbinding with Angela Sutton

14 June 2021 - 18 June 2021

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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Botanical Illustration

12 April 2021 - 15 April 2021

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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Botanical Illustration

19 July 2021 - 22 July 2021

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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Botanical Illustration

23 November 2020 - 26 November 2020

Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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Botanical Illustration

8 February 2021 - 11 February 2021

Botanical Illutration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required,…

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British Art Collections and Patrons

22 January 2021 - 24 January 2021

The arrival of great art into the United Kingdom is a historical and cultural phenomenon that is barely recognised. We take for granted the works which hang on our gallery…

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Cable Workshop

27 February 2021 -

Sample based – Practice the most common methods of travelling stitches and cable knitting. You will work through a series of designs from simple to the more complex, building knowledge…

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Chakra Overview and Chakra Balancing Morning Workshop

22 February 2021 -

This is a three-hour morning workshop which includes lunch Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel or disk’. Traditionally there are severn main chakras, each of which is an…

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Charles Dickens – Our Mutual Friend

23 October 2020 - 25 October 2020

In Our Mutual Friend Dickens uses the symbols of the River Thames, money and dust heaps to explore the themes of greed, death, identity, social inequality in this, his last…

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Chaucer’s World

12 March 2021 - 14 March 2021

Chaucer’s life spanned a fascinating period of English history with much change and crisis, it was also however, a period of impressive cultural achievement. This course will explore Chaucer’s world…

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Chinese Brush Painting – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style

11 March 2021 - 12 March 2021

This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as well as some insects in freehand style. It will start from wisteria with bird, then bamboo, followed by peony…

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Chinese Brush Painting – Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style

3 June 2021 - 4 June 2021

This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as well as some insects in freehand style. It will start from wisteria with bird, then bamboo, followed by peony…

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Citizen Hearst and Citizen Kane

28 March 2021 -

Citizen Hearst and Citizen Kane – The Tycoon and The Film An illustrated lecture about one of the most extraordinary Americans – William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951 –…

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Colour, Clarity and Composition

19 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

This course is designed for watercolour painters with some experience, although all are welcome. Understanding colour relationships is the key to successful painting, so we will explore in greater depth…

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Concert with the Coull Quartet

20 September 2020 -

Sunday 20 September 2.30pm Tickets £20 (under 18s £10) Includes tea/coffee during the interval Pre-booked lunch available at £18 The magnificent Coull Quartet offers a rare combination of maturity and…

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Corn Dolly Christmas Decorations Workshop

5 December 2020 -

This course is idea for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as decoration. During the day you will be…

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Corn Dolly Valentine Heart Workshop

13 February 2021 -

This course is idea for those with a love of traditional English crafts. Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as decoration. During the day you will be…

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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop

12 October 2020 -

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop

10 October 2020 -

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Creative Writing – Home Sweet Home

7 September 2020 -

From prehistoric eras humankind has sought shelter and protection from the danger of wild animals, tribal enemies and the destructive power of the elements. Psychologically human beings also need a…

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Creative Writing – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Translated by Simon Armitage (Poet Laureate)

17 February 2021 -

This s one of the many Arthurian legends told about the exploits of King Arthur’s knights. Skilfully translated in a lively and vivid style by Simon Armitage, our Poet Laureate…

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Dame Laura Knight

11 November 2020 -

Laura Knight, who died 50 years ago this July at the age of 92, was a prolific artist who broke new boundaries for women, establishing herself at the forefront of…

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Dealing with the Gods – Religion in the Roman World

27 October 2020 -

Roman religioin was a matter of a transaction between man and his chosen gods – offerings to the gods depended on their fulfilling their side of the bargain. The course…

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Decolonization – The Dissolution of the British Empire in the Twentieth Century

19 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

Indian independence was hastened by the events of World War Two in Asia, for Japanese success made the British look vulnerable.  The 1945 Labour government dissolved the Raj in 1947,…

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Diaghilev’s Women: Four Women of Influence in a Man’s World

17 February 2021 -

A ballerina, a choreographer, an artist and a patroness Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes was a roll call for early 20th Century creative talent – a remarkable company of dancers, composers, artists,…

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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull Quartet have agreed to return to Dillington House to lead this extended weekend of coaching for pre-formed string quartets…

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Egyptomania

6 April 2021 - 8 April 2021

Egyptomania Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th April 2021 Fee: £406 £348 £348 £233 No other ancient civilisation can lay claim to having repeatedly inspired and caused, on no less than…

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Elizabeth Fry (Extraordinary Women Series)

1 February 2021 -

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Fry was a philanthropist, social reformer and prison reformer and is regarded by many as one of the most influential women in English history. This day course will…

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Elizabeth Gaskell – Selected Works (Author Cranford, North and South)

16 February 2021 - 18 February 2021

This course will appeal to people familiar with the works of this writer and those who are new to her writing. Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of…

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Embroidered and Appliqued Sewing Pouch

19 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

This course is suitable for all including beginners. On this interesting course you will be shown how to make a beautiful sewing companion, which will be decorated with a variety…

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Embroidered Wildflower Garland

4 June 2021 - 6 June 2021

This course is suitable for all including beginners. On this course you will learn how to use a wide variety of hand embroidery stitches to produce a lovely garland of…

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Embroidery Techniques on Leather for Bookbinding

28 September 2020 - 30 September 2020

The course will start with learning about different embroidery techniques and stitches and making an embroidery sampler to test all of these techniques out. Students will then work with leather…

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English Eighteenth Century Radicals: John Wilkes and Tom Paine

23 January 2021 -

In the late eighteenth century, when the rest of Europe and North America were in turmoil, Britain remained calm. Don’t you believe it! There were terrible mass riots. Tom Paine’s…

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Enhancing Wellbeing Retreat

2 October 2020 -

Life today can be pretty full-on with many of us finding it a challenge to balance our responsibilities and demands with our own health and wellbeing. This one day workshop…

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Europe – The Age of Discovery

24 October 2020 -

With the eastern Mediterranean effectively a Turkish lake, the Portuguese, denied access to these markets and beyond, began a series of voyages to discover a new route to the Indies…

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Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant

16 January 2021 -

This course considers the European balance of power in the 16th century. With the Reconquista complete, adventurers in the employ of the newly-united Spanish crown exploited and repatriated the gold…

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Evelyn Waugh – Revisited

2 November 2020 - 4 September 2020

Evelyn Waugh is one of the most widely read of 20th Century novelists. There have been numerous adaptations of his books for film, TV and radio. He also wrote travel…

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Evening Book Club – 17/03/2021

17 March 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club – 18/11/2020

18 November 2020 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club – 19/05/2021

19 May 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club – 21/04/2021

21 April 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club 16/06/2021

16 June 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club 16/09/2020

16 September 2020 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club 17/02/2021

17 February 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club 21/10/2020

21 October 2020 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Book Club- 20/01/2021

20 January 2021 -

Join us for our monthly evening book club with Nims Gribler.   We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Library at Dillington House. Enjoy a…

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Evening Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

1 October 2020 - 29 October 2020

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  9th April 2020, 16th April 2020, 23rd April 2020, 30th April 2020 and 7th May 2020 This course will be of interest to those who…

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Evocation: Descriptive Music, and How It Is Created

22 January 2021 - 24 January 2021

Evocation: descriptive music, and how it’s created. The urge to create music that reflects and describes extra-musical events and ideas goes all the way back to the late sixteenth century.…

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Experimental Watercolour and More

20 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Experimental Watercolour and More An opportunity for those with some watercolour experience to explore a variety of watercolour techniques. The tutor will bring in water soluable crayons, collage material and…

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Five Cities in Their Heyday: Amsterdam to New York

2 June 2021 - 4 June 2021

Five Cities in Their Heyday: Amsterdam to New York This course tells the story of five of the world’s great cities, concentrating on the periods when they were at their…

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Five More Great Cities – COURSE FULL

27 October 2020 - 29 October 2020

This course is ideal for those with an interest in architecture, history, art history. After Philip Wilkinson’s successful cities course in 2018, he explores five more great cities focusing on…

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Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers – Seeing, Understanding and Enjoying Flowers and Plants in Art

8 October 2020 -

Traversing more than two millennia our study will encompass a wide selection of media, including garden design, fresco, mosaic, wood and stone carving, manuscript illumination, tapestry, embroidery, painting, sculpture and…

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Foundations of Hatha Yoga

20 October 2020 -

Have you ever wondered what Yoga is all about but not felt confident or flexible enough to commence general classes? Or have you had a break from Yoga and would…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

15 January 2021 - 17 January 2021

Never far from Controversy and a pithy one-liner, Frank Lloyd Wright is now rightly recognised as one of the giants of not just American but world architecture. The course will…

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Friday Lecture – Azulejo: A History of Tile in Portuguese Architecture

30 October 2020 -

Decorative tiles (azulejo) have been used to decorate Portuguese buildings since the Middle Ages. This lecture offers a chronological survey of azulejo. Includes three course lunch. Friday 30th October 2020…

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Friday Lecture – My Daubs: The Paintings of Winston Churchill

20 November 2020 -

Churchill came to fine art in middle age. This lecture explains why the great man began to paint, the subjects he chose and the style he adopted. Includes three course…

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Friday Lecture – The Lure of Morocco

15 January 2021 -

Many European painters have travelled to Morocco in search of colour and exotic subject matter. In this lecture we look at paintings by Matisse and others who have been inspired…

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Friday Lecture. 70th Anniversary – ‘I’ve got a Metal Knee’: A 70 Year Olds Gap Year.

11 September 2020 -

As a university lecturer, Dr John Kirkaldy spent forty years urging students to make the most of a gap year. At 18 he did the world’s worst – working as…

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Full Day Screen Printing

10 May 2021 -

Full Day Screen Printing You will spend time in the beautiful grounds of Dillington House drawing, photographing and collecting items. These will then be developed into a stencil design for…

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Getting Started with Family History

28 October 2020 -

Just starting out on Family History or want to understand in more detail those core research documents such as Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates and Census pages? Did you know…

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Give the Paint a Chance

1 September 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban art. ‘Give the paint a chance. Give the brush a…

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Gothic Gems – A Celebration of the Arts and Literature which have embodied and revived Gothic over the last nine hundred years

8 October 2021 -

Gothic Gems – A Celebration of the Arts and Literature which have embodied and revived Gothic over the last nine hundred years. Friday 8th October 2021 Fee: £15 To mark…

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Gothic V

2 October 2020 - 4 October 2020

Gothic V Friday 2nd October – Sunday 4th October 2020 Fee: £406 £348 £348 £233 Gothic 5 In what is the fifth in the series of six lectures which trace…

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Gothic VI – The Final Chapter? 1901-2021

8 October 2021 - 10 October 2021

Gothic VI – The Final Chapter? 1901-2021 Friday 8th October – Sunday 10th October 2021 Fee: £406 £348 £348 £233 The accepted notion that Gothic architecture as a style had…

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Half Day Introduction to Lino Cutting Afternoon Session

1 February 2021 -

Half Day Introduction to Lino Cutting. Students will learn how to carve their own lino block using specialist cutting tools and learn to ink the block and transfer the print…

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Half Day Introduction to Lino Cutting Morning Session

1 February 2021 -

Half Day Introduction to Lino Cutting. Students will learn how to carve their own lino block using specialist cutting tools and learn to ink the block and transfer the print…

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Half Day Introduction to Screen Printing (Afternoon)

19 October 2020 -

Half Day Screen Printing You will spend time in the beautiful grounds of Dillington House drawing, photographing and collecting items. These will then be developed into a stencil design for…

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Half Day Introduction to Screen Printing (Morning)

19 October 2020 -

Half Day Screen Printing You will spend time in the beautiful grounds of Dillington House drawing, photographing and collecting items. These will then be developed into a stencil design for…

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Hand Embroidery and Applique

14 October 2020 - 16 October 2020

These two techniques of embroidery and applique combined produce highly decorative results. Using patterened cotton fabric and felt, applying it to a background and then embellishing with hand stitching and…

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Hardanger Embroidery – COURSE FULL

2 November 2020 - 5 November 2020

Originating in southwest Norway, this very attractive whitework technique, involves cutting and removing threads in order to produce lovely lacy designs. Worked on any evenweave fabric, using stranded cotton and…

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Honiton Lace

9 April 2021 - 11 April 2021

This practical course is designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques…

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Honiton Lace

20 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

This practical course is designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques…

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Horse Chestnut Needle Felting Workshop

31 October 2020 -

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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House History

19 October 2020 -

This course is about setting up a project on House History. Where to begin, what records to use and how to interpret them. We will be looking at examples such…

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How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical

8 April 2021 -

What do On the Town, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, West Side Story, Oliver! And so many more have in common? These were choreographed by classically-trained dancers.…

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How to paint a Watercolour Landscape

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

A weekend course suitable for beginners or for those who want to brush up their techniques. In this course, you will learn how to put together a simple landscape painting,…

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Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance

26 November 2021 -

Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance Friday 26th November 2021 Fee: £26 Lecture including three course lunch This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands…

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Indian Block Printing

4 November 2020 -

This course will interest those who have an interest in textiles or collected some woodblocks they would like to know how to use effectively. Learn about the traditional skill of…

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Indian Block Printing

11 January 2021 -

Indian Block Printing This course will interest those who have an interest in textiles or collected some woodblocks they would like to know how to use effectively. Indian Block Printing…

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Intarsia Workshop

10 April 2021 -

Sample based – Master the wonderful technique of intarsia colour knitting, work individual motifs within your design. I will provide a selection of floral charts to work through on the…

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Introduction to Bundle Dyeing Workshop

28 February 2021 -

Learn how to create beautiful patterns and prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, roots, and barks through a binding and steaming process. An overview of what natural dye plants you…

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Introduction to Greenwood Crafts

27 October 2020 - 28 October 2020

Learn how to use traditional hand tools including a shave horses, drawknife knifes, axes, straight blade knife and curved ‘hook’ or spoon knife. Craft and carve a range of items…

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Introduction to Making and Drawing with Botanical Inks

16 March 2021 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to identify and harvest wild and cultivated plants that can be used to make inks and paints.  Over the course…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

8 February 2021 -

A one-day course designed for beginners, and for those wanting to refresh existing knowledge. We will look at the core ideas  underpinning Mindfulness, including short periods of meditation practice in…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

5 December 2020 -

A one-day course designed for beginners, and for those wanting to refresh existing knowledge. We will look at the core ideas underpinning Mindfulness, including short periods of meditation practice in…

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Introduction to Printed textiles

15 February 2021 -

This course will appeal to those who enjoy making cushions, bags and products and would like to learn how to print their own fabric to make their products unique. A…

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Introduction to Quilling

5 October 2020 -

Quilling is a centuries-old art which requires three basic elements – your fingers, paper and glue. After a brief introduction to the histroy of quilling, students will learn how to…

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Introduction to Watercolours

12 February 2021 - 14 February 2021

Have you ever thought of painting with watercolours but don’t know what to do? Then this is the course for you. Aimed at complete beginners, I start with all the…

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J.S Bach and the Well-tempered Clavier

13 March 2021 -

Bach and the Well-tempered Clavier J. S. Bach compiled the Well-tempered Clavier (Bach’s ‘48’ as it is often known) to help his talented students develop as keyboard players. What made…

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Jane Austen

20 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen continues to be one of our most popular authors. This course will examine three of her novels:  Sense and Sensibility; Northanger…

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Josephine Butler (Extraordinary Women Series)

19 October 2020 -

Josephine Butler was a feminist, campaigner and social reformer. This day course will explore the life, work and writing of the extraordinary woman who took on parliament to improve the…

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Kingfisher Needle Felting Workshop

8 May 2021 - 9 May 2021

On this new exciting two day needle felting workshop fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through both the intermediate and more advanced…

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Leather Card/Coin Pouch Afternoon Workshop

20 February 2021 -

After an introduction to Leather and its many types and uses, you will begin by cutting out the Pouch from a choice of either classic black or a contemporary natural…

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Leather Card/Coin Pouch Morning Workshop

20 February 2021 -

After an introduction to Leather and its many types and uses, you will begin by cutting out the Pouch from a choice of either classic black or a contemporary natural…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag

9 January 2021 - 10 January 2021

This course is ideal for those with an interest in crafting and / or leather, bags and accessories, traditional skills and sewing. Learn how to make your own Shoulder or…

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Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

29 March 2021 - 30 March 2021

This course will appeal to those with an interest in woodwork, calligraphy, carving, sign making and learning traditional skills from a professional. A two-day course introducing you to the art…

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Magical Running Hare Needle Felting Workshop

7 September 2020 - 8 September 2020

Come and join us for a relaxing, inspirational fun couple of days of needle felting with like minded, friendly and creative people! On this new exciting two-day needle felting workshop…

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Magical Running Hare Needle Felting Workshop

9 November 2020 - 10 November 2020

Come and join us for a relaxing, inspirational fun couple of days of needle felting with like minded, friendly and creative people! On this new exciting two-day needle felting workshop…

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Make a Skirt in a Day

31 October 2020 -

Do you want to make a skirt in just one day? Look no further that is exactly what we are offering here! By the end of the day you will…

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Martha Graham and Agnes de Mille – Two Greats Who Shaped American Dance

18 February 2021 -

Martha Graham is a dance legend who, in 1926, founded America’s oldest dance company, the Martha Graham Dance Company.  She evolved the new modern dance technique that would come to…

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Mary Queen of Scots on Screen: Historical Accuracy Versus Artistic Licence

6 March 2021 -

This course will ask questions about historical accuracy in film, literature and popular culture as a whole, with particular reference to Mary’s own life and how it has been depicted…

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Metal Clip Frame Purse

31 October 2020 -

Create your own clip top purse. On this one-day workshop you will learn how to measure frames of any size, make templates and construct the finished design with success. We…

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Modular Knitting

7 October 2020 -

This course is suitable for anyone who can knit and purl with confidence. Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working with limited stitches and simple shaping you can create…

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Monmouth Rebellion – Including Visit to Battlefield Sites

16 September 2020 -

This course will appeal to those interested in History, Military History and Local History of SW England The day encompasses two parts. The first being lecture based and examining the…

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Mountain Cornflower Embroidery

8 March 2021 -

This is a creative hand embroidery workshop which will celebrate the beauty of the Mountain Cornflower, commonly found growing in our gardens in the Spring. We will be making a…

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Music and Poetry: the song-cycle from Schubert to the present

2 June 2021 - 4 June 2021

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of words and music than that found in the greatest of song-cycles. There is great variety too, from the intimacy of solo…

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Nalbinding

21 June 2021 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in ancient textiles, Scandiavian crafts, knitting, crochet, spinning and working with wool. Nalbinding is a technique using individual lengths of wool…

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Natural Dyes

1 October 2020 - 2 October 2020

This course will be of interest to those who want to identify and forgae for natural dye materials. This is a course for beginners where we will forage for our…

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Nineteenth-Century Female Physicians (Extraordinary Women Series)

7 June 2021 -

This day course will look at three pioneering nineteenth century female physicians – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; Elizabeth Blackwell and Sophia Jex-Blake who changed the medical profession and paved a much-needed…

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No Brush Necessary

21 November 2020 -

“What’s drawing and painting? I’d use a hammer and chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto…

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No Brush Necessary

3 December 2020 -

“What’s drawing and painting? I’d use a hammer and chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto…

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Oh Mr Jelly! The Life, Times and Music of Jelly Roll Morton, “Originator of Jazz”

30 January 2021 -

Oh Mr Jelly! The Life, Times and Music of Jelly Roll Morton, “Originator of Jazz” Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton was a piano player, entertainer, composer and band leader who claimed…

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Painting for Beginners – One Step Further

21 September 2020 -

This series of workshops, which runs over three consecutive Mondays, is designed for students who have had an initial introduction to watercolour and who want to take the next step.…

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Painting Landscapes in Oils

11 October 2021 - 12 October 2021

Caroline is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher of oil painting.  She will be fully demonstrating how to simplify and paint beautiful landscapes/ seascapes step by step using oils, an exciting…

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Painting Landscapes in Oils

26 April 2021 - 27 April 2021

Caroline is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher of oil painting.  She will be fully demonstrating how to simplify and paint beautiful landscapes/ seascapes step by step using oils, an exciting…

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Papercutting

21 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

This course is perfect for those with an interest in typography, illustration, craft and graphic design. After mastering some basic cutting skills, students will cut out a prepared design and…

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People in the Roman World

11 November 2020 -

The Roman world has eft a huge ‘archive’ of documents and inscriptions allowing one to reconstruct much of the daily life of a wide range of the people who made…

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Phantom Architecture

18 February 2021 -

Phantom Architecture Some of the world’s most amazing buildings were never actually constructed. From a four-storey building in the shape of an elephant in central Paris to a pyramid towering…

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Philosophy: Ancient

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

From the beginning of history, people have asked questions about the world and their place within it. For early societies, the answers to these fundamental questions were found in religion.…

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Philosophy: Medieval

5 March 2021 - 7 March 2021

During the first millennia Christianity became assimilated into Roman culture. The Greek idea of philosophy as rational examination independent of religious doctrine sat uncomfortably with the rise of Christianity. Questions…

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Piano Weekend

26 March 2021 - 28 March 2021

The Dillington Piano Weekend will be a great opportunity for pianists to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House and grounds in South Somerset while developing their piano skills. The…

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Planning and planting your allotment

22 May 2021 -

How to get the best from your allotment, illustrated by Powerpoint and a tour of the Dillington House walled garden. There will be a Powerpoint lecture, showing my allotment through…

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Recorder Consort Course

25 May 2021 - 27 May 2021

This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music…

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Relaxing and Soothing Yoga

15 January 2021 - 17 January 2021

Relaxing and Soothing Yoga This weekend course is suitable for anyone wanting a treat their mind and body to some soothing yoga after the excess of the festive period. Get…

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Roman Blinds

5 September 2020 -

Roman blinds are a great way of dressing a window, giving a simple uncluttered look. This course will cover all the techniques and stitches required to make a lined and…

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Selected Novels of Edith Wharton

9 October 2020 - 11 October 2020

This course will explore a number of novels written by the American novelist, playwright and short story writer Edith Wharton. The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature…

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Shaker Boxes

9 September 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Shaker design, The Arts and Crafts movement and principles, a love of simple classic design, a desire to try something…

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Silk Painting Big and Bold

24 January 2021 - 28 January 2021

Silk Painting Big and Bold’ is suitable for both experienced painters and those new to the medium. The course will start with an exploration of the basic techniques of silk…

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Singing for Larks

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singing for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by…

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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 1883-1978: An Architectural Maverick, Conservationist and Genius

26 February 2021 - 28 February 2021

Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 1883-1978: An Architectural Maverick, Conservationist and Genius Friday 26th February – Sunday 28th February 2021 Fee: £406 £348 £348 £233 Sir Clough Williams-Ellis has never received the…

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Somerset Day 2021: A Celebration of our County, its History and People

11 May 2021 -

Timed to coincide exactly with Somerset Day on 11th May, this course aims to bring into focus the rich history, culture and people associated with the county, and to place…

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Somerset Star- A Patchwork Beauty

10 May 2021 -

To celebrate Somerset Day 2021 come to this creative textile workshop to make your own Somerset Star. We will be using some different approaches to this well-known patchwork technique. Create…

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Spain in the Twentieth Century

4 June 2021 - 6 June 2021

Spain was a monarchy until 1931, shared with the Primo de Ribera dictatorship from 1923.  A republic was proclaimed in 1931, re-elected in a more radical form in February 1936.…

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Stonehenge: Landscape and People

19 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

Stonehenge is an iconic monument, familiar to millions around the globe. But the world inhabited by the people who built and used it would have been anything but familiar to…

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Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes – Exploring His First Three Great Ballets: The Firebird, Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring

28 October 2020 -

The words Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev are synonymous with the extraordinary period 1909-1929 when the history of ballet changed forever.   Diaghilev was neither a composer nor choreographer – his…

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Sugar Craft Modelling and Cupcakes

2 February 2021 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in crafts, cake decorating and modelling techniques. During the course of the day you will learn how to create sugarcraft models…

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Sun Salutation Afternoon Workshop

22 February 2021 -

Learn more about this key component to many yoga classes, often used as a link from warm-ups to other poses to fully prepare the body, mind and breath. There can…

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Sun-Worship in Ancient Egypt

19 February 2021 - 21 February 2021

Think of ancient Egypt and you think of pyramids and obelisks. These are icons of the ancient Egyptian solar religion. In this course we will explore pharaonic art, architecture and…

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Sunday Coffee Concert Piano Recital – Professors of Ragtime

25 October 2020 -

RAGTIME PRODUCES HYSTERIA, INSANITY – ragtime is not music, it is a disease” claims doctor. This ragtime-era headline celebrated the world’s first pop music craze, 100 years ago.  Scott Joplin,…

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Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys

2 November 2020 -

Known for their musical homages to surfing, cars and romance, the Beach Boys achieved success early in their career with a string of songs celebrating 60s youth culture on the…

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Surface Textile Design

14 June 2021 -

This is a very inspirational day where you will work on pre knitted swatches, we will practice our embroidery stitches, add applique, embellish the surface in various ways including beads,…

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The Architecture of Berlin

16 October 2020 - 18 October 2020

Berlin is a city of rapid growth and one of the youngest capital cities in Europe. Its oldest buildings are those of a village. It moved quickly from being the…

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The Architecture of Georgian Towns and Cities

20 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

The Architecture of Georgian Towns and Cities Much of Britain’s most beautiful architecture was created by the Georgians in the eighteenth century. This course reveals how the Georgians transformed Britain,…

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The Architecture of Sicily

12 March 2021 - 14 March 2021

From the 8th century BC to the present, the history of Sicilian architecture is one of the longest and richest in Europe. From being part of Graecia Magna- the wider…

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The Art and Architecture of Spain

8 January 2021 - 10 January 2021

The Art and Architecture of Spain. This weekend course will appeal to those with an interest in European art, architecture and Spanish culture. This course will survey the extraordinary art…

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The Art, Architecture and Music of the Northern Renaissance

19 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

The Art, Architecture and Music of the Northern Renaissance This course will appeal to those with an interest in art and cultural history. This course will consider the cultural heritage…

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The Beauties of Brick – The Story of Brick Buildings in Britain

15 April 2021 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel. An introduction to the uses of brick and tile in Britain’s architecture. The course traces the…

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The Cathedral Builders

17 February 2021 -

The Cathedral Builders This course looks at England’s great medieval cathedrals, such as Durham, Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Gloucester. As well as looking at their often breathtaking architecture, it explores…

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The Cold War 1945-1991

2 November 2020 - 4 November 2020

Arguably the Cold War began in 1917, when Russia was cold-shouldered by the West. Relations deteriorated in the 1930’s and Stalin signed a pact with Hitler. When Russia was attacked…

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The Dillington Book Club 01/06/2021

1 June 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing                   published by     . Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 01/09/2020

1 September 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier published by Harper Collins. Includes coffee and three course lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 01/12/2020

1 December 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows published by Boomsbury. Includes coffee and three course…

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The Dillington Book Club 02/02/2021

2 February 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing                   published by     . Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 02/03/2021

2 March 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing                   published by     . Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 03/11/2020

3 November 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Lark Rise to Candleford published by Penguin Modern Classics. Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 04/05/2021

4 May 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing                   published by     . Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 06/04/2021

6 April 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing                   published by     . Includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club 06/10/2020

6 October 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Enduring Love by Ian McEwan published by Vintage. Includes coffee and three course lunch.

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The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Design and Make a Paper Pattern

9 January 2021 - 10 January 2021

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. Design and Make a Paper Pattern. This course is aimed at students who enjoy dressmaking and would like…

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The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Dress Block and Toile

10 October 2020 - 11 October 2020

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. Dress Block and Toile. A block is a basic starting point for pattern making. It is a fitted…

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The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Get to Know Your Overlocker

22 May 2021 -

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. Get to Know Your Overlocker. Overlockers are a great addition to the dressmaker’s kit, making a professional finish…

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The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Make a Skirt in Two Days

6 March 2021 - 7 March 2021

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. A Skirt in Two Days. This two-day course is aimed at students who would like to learn more…

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The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Two Day Basic Pattern Cutting Techniques

5 December 2020 - 6 December 2020

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. Two Day Basic Pattern Cutting Techniques. This course is aimed at students who enjoy sewing and would like…

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The fifth course in our Cultural Craft series: Ribbon Embroidery

30 March 2021 -

The fifth in our Cultural Craft series: Ribbon Embroidery A beginner’s workshop learning the basic techniques of ribbon embroidery, with an introduction to the history and culture of the time…

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The final course in our Cultural Craft series: Stumpwork

25 May 2021 - 1 June 2021

The final course in our Cultural Craft series; Stumpwork This is a two-day course on Stumpwork A beginner’s course, learning some of the basic techniques of Stumpwork embroidery with an…

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The first course in our Cultural Craft series: Medieval Englishwork

29 September 2020 -

A series of six Cultural Craft classes throughout the year. Each one focussing on a different technique with an introduction to the history and culture of the time through a…

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The fourth in our Cultural Craft series: Gingham Embroidered Tea Towels

16 February 2021 -

The fourth in our Cultural Craft series: Gingham Embroidered Tea Towels A beginner’s day workshop, learning the basics of hand embroidery on Gingham fabric to embellish your very own tea…

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The French Revolution: tous ça change (everything changes)

30 October 2020 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in French political history, Eighteenth century history, Cultural history, Women’s history or have a general curiosity! No prior knowledge necessary. Liberté!…

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The Garden in Ancient Egypt

13 October 2020 -

A leafy garden with a pool, fruit trees and flowers epitomised the ancient Egyptian idea of bliss. In this course we will explore relevant archaeology, ancient art, and texts to…

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The Gardens of Versailles: Musical Glories of French Baroque

20 February 2021 - 22 February 2021

Steven Devine and Colin Booth, leading harpsichordists and regular tutors at Dillington, will explore the music and culture of the French court, from 1650 to 1750. The personalities responsible for…

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The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901

4 October 2020 -

The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901 Sunday 4th October 2020 Fee: £15 The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901 From such great mansions as Knightshayes Court to…

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The Grand Old Man: William Gladstone and the Making of Liberal England

20 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

Four times Prime Minister between 1868 and 1894, and four times Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gladstone bestrode the world of Victorian politics like a colossus.   A man of intellectual vigour…

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The Great Gatsby Unmasked

23 October 2020 - 25 October 2020

The Great Gatsby Unmasked Nick Caraway’s adventure into the New York world of money, mobsters and the alluring Daisy is a timeless classic rooted in the beginnings of today’s capitalism…

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The Greatest Painting in the World – The Ghent Altarpiece

19 March 2021 -

The Greatest Painting in the World – The Ghent Altarpiece This lecture will appeal to those with an interest in art and cultural history. This talk will explain the significance…

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The Hanseatic League

26 November 2021 - 28 November 2021

The Hanseatic League Friday 26th November – Sunday 28th November 2021 Fee: £406 £348 £348 £233 We all have some vague notions about what the Hanseatic league was, when it…

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The House as a Machine for Living in – Approaches of Modern Architecture towards the domestic house

15 January 2021 -

The House as a Machine for Living In – Approaches of Modern Architecture towards the domestic house Friday 15th January 2021 Fee: £26 (three course lunch and lecture) Since Le…

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The Ideal Village – The history and progress of rural and urban villages from 1720-2020

28 February 2021 -

The Ideal Village – The history and progress of rural and urban villages from 1720 -2020 Sunday 28th February 2021 Fee: £15 This lecture will examine the lengthy and often…

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The Life and Work of Albrecht Durer

8 February 2021 -

The National Gallery in London will stage an exhibition of the work of the German born, Albrecht Durer in early 2021. Ahead of that exhibition, this study day will present…

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The Mayerling Story. Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Final in This Series.

3 June 2021 -

   

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The Mayerling Story. Crown Princess Louise. The Second in this Series.

14 April 2021 -

A series of three day courses exploring the people, their personalities, lives and challenges. Book all three and receive a 10% discount.  

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The Mayerling Story. Crown Princess Stephanie. The First in this Series.

17 February 2021 -

A series of three day courses exploring the people, their personalities, lives and challenges. Book all three and receive a 10% discount.  

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The Pastoral Tradition in Music

27 October 2020 -

Arcadian landscapes, blue distances, the haunting sound of a shepherd’s pipe. This is one of the most enduring of artistic formulae, and composers can match the work of painters and…

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The Public and Private Lives of Mr. Gainsborough, RA

26 October 2020 -

This day course provides a study of the different periods in Gainsborough’s career from his early training in London, his studio in Ipswich, followed by 15 years in Bath and…

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The second in our Cultural Craft series: Huck Embroidery

10 November 2020 -

The second in our Cultural Craft series: Huck Embroidery DISCOUNT OF 10% FOR New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2021. A beginner’s day workshop, learn the techniques of…

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The Splendour of Stone – How Stone has been used in British Architecture

16 April 2021 -

This course will appeal to those interested in Architecture, Heritage, History and British travel. An introduction to the variety of ways in which stone has been used in Britain’s buildings.…

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The Temple of Medinet Habu

28 September 2020 -

Referred to by many as the last great pharaoh of Egypt, Ramesses III built an impressive temple on Luxor’s west bank, at a site today known as Medinet Habu. In…

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The third in our Cultural Craft Series: Tatted Snowflakes

1 December 2020 -

The third in our Cultural Craft series: Tatted Snowflakes A beginner’s day workshop, learning some of the basic techniques of needle Tatting to make your very own snowflake with an…

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The Tomb of Seti I: The Most splendid in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

7 June 2021 -

The tomb of the glorious pharaoh Seti I (c.1294 – 1279 BC) is regarded by many as the most spectacular in the Valley of the Kings. The art of this…

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The Windsors – Who Are They?

22 March 2021 -

Who are the Windsor’s, is a question often asked. 1951 was the last full year of the reign of King George V1, 70 years ago. For many our present Queen…

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The Workhouse ‘People Palaces’: How the Victorians and Edwardians Looked After the Poor?

26 January 2021 -

The stigma of the workhouse took a long time to die, many of these buildings were still being used by the NHS until recently. We will look at the origins…

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Three Scottish Saints

29 October 2020 -

The history of medieval Scotland, as seen through the prism of pilgrimage. Ninian, Columbra and Margaret were the saints who defined Scotland’s sense of itself, and the fabulous buildings and…

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Three Visionary Women Who Shaped The Story of British Ballet – Lilian Baylis, Marie Rambert and Ninette de Valois

29 October 2020 -

At the beginning of the 20th Century ballet in England had a tenuous foothold through ballerinas such as Danish-born Adeline Genée. Step forward three remarkable women:  Marie Rambert, Ninette De…

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Three Ways to Paint an Abstract

6 November 2020 -

“What does it mean, jellybean?… Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011) Abstract art may be over one hundred years old…

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Three Women Artists: Laura Knight, Doris Hatt, Rosa Bonheur

30 October 2020 - 1 November 2020

The course examines the art and lives of three women artists in Britain and France in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century Dame Laura Knight, Rosa Bonheur and Doris Hatt. Laura…

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Traditional Crewelwork Embroidery

20 November 2020 - 22 November 2020

Learn how to embroider a traditional crewelwork design using fine crewel wools. A variety of hand embroidery stitches will be covered. Students will learn how to stitch beautiful Jacobean-style motifs…

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Tragedy and Triumph : The Story of Polar Exploration

30 October 2020 - 1 November 2020

During this course we will start with the search for the North-West Passage which had captivated the imaginations of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of…

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Tutankhamun: The Pharaoh Behind the Tomb

17 May 2021 - 18 May 2021

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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Two More Great Singers – Beniamino Gigli and Claudia Muzio

5 June 2021 -

The seventh of a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers and their interpretation of the repertoire they sang, this time delving mostly into…

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Two More Great Singers – Janet Baker and Thomas Allen

6 March 2021 -

The latest in a series of day schools focusing on the careers of outstanding singers both on the opera stage and the concert platform. Dame Janet Baker had a very…

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Two Titans Who Shaped the History of Ballet – The American Impresario Lincoln Kirstein and British Composer/Conductor Constant Lambert

4 June 2021 -

Two great ballet companies, New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet, owe a huge debt to these extraordinary men of the 20th century. Lincoln Kirstein was fascinated by ballet…

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Understanding Photography – Development of Photographic Skills

14 September 2020 - 1 February 2021

Understanding Photography – Development of Photographic Skills. This is an evening course of ten sessions. This course combines theory and practice to promote individual development within a group environment. Students…

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Understanding Photography – Further Development of Photographic Skills

15 February 2021 - 14 June 2021

Understanding Photography – Further Development of Photographic Skills (Intermediate Level) This is an evening course of ten sessions building on the Development of Photographic Skills Course. This course combines theory…

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Vanity Fair

15 January 2021 - 17 January 2021

First published in in 1848 this ‘novel without a hero’ is a brilliant satirical novel with the determined Becky Sharp at its centre; this is a novel filled with flawed…

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Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”: A Great Historical Drama

28 October 2020 -

There is much more to Verdi than Aida, Traviata and the Requiem! Mighty as these works are, there is a case to be made that he truly surpassed himself in…

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Victorian Style Hand Embroidery

26 February 2021 - 28 February 2021

Learn how to stitch a variety of hand embroidery stitches and goldwork techniques on your own piece of work. Using floral designs from a selection of antique patterns from 1880…

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Vintage Wren Needle Felting Workshop

13 February 2021 -

Love wool? Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of  The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well…

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Watercolour – Lights and Highlights

5 March 2021 - 7 March 2021

One of the most fascinating AND most difficult aspects of watercolour is to produce paintings that are fresh and full of light. Identifying the whites, the lights and the brights…

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Watercolour – Scared of the Darks!

23 October 2020 - 25 October 2020

Watercolour students often struggle to mix effectively punchy darks and apply them well. Providing both the technical information needed to achieve this and the practical application of this information, this…

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Watercolour Summer Workshop

18 April 2021 - 21 April 2021

Immerse yourself in the colour and variety of summer blooms and explore some exciting ways of working wet into wet with the addition of other watercoluble media into your watercolours.…

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Weimar to Hitler, 1919-1945

22 January 2021 - 24 January 2021

The period starts with the humiliating Versailles Treaty of 1919 – especially the Allies’ demand for reparations.  The situation improved slightly from 1925-1929, but Germany was badly affected by the…

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West Country Migration in the 1800’s

15 September 2020 -

The 1800’s saw a massive exodus of people from the West Country going to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for a better life. Who were those people who…

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When the Heir to the Throne Took his Own Life – A New, Thought Provoking Look at the Mayerling Story 1889

28 October 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those interested in history and anyone who is curious to understand why these events happened in the way they did. The death of…

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Wildlife and Natural History Painting in Gouache

6 April 2021 - 8 April 2021

This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject using illustrative painting techniques whilst not requiring any…

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Willow Angel

27 November 2020 -

Come and make a 4 foot high willow Angel with wings – new for Winter Season for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n…

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Willow Chickens and Cockerels

20 January 2021 -

Come and make a 2 foot high chicken or cockerel for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through…

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Willow Deer

9 November 2020 -

Come and make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo…

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Willow Dragonflies

26 May 2021 -

Come and make a 3 foot wide willow flying dragonfly for your home or garden. All materials provided and full guidance to make a willow sculpture. Just bring enthusiasm, your…

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Willow Hares

29 October 2020 -

Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Hares

12 October 2020 -

Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Hares

28 October 2020 -

Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step…

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Willow Owls

30 June 2021 -

Come and make a 4 foot wide flying willow owl for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through…

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Willow Pigs

31 March 2021 -

Come and make a 2 foot high, 3 foot long willow pig for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide…

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Willow Sitting Cat

28 April 2021 -

Come and make a 2 foot high sitting up willow cat  for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you…

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Willow Winter Wreath – Afternoon Course

7 December 2020 -

Come and gather foliage from the fantastic grounds of Dillington House to create a Traditional Winter Wreath with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide…

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Willow Winter Wreath – Morning Course

7 December 2020 -

Come and gather foliage from the fantastic grounds of Dillington House to create a Traditional Winter Wreath with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide…

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Yoga for Older Beginners

8 May 2021 -

Yoga for Older Beginners A day of yoga to introduce beginners to key yoga poses (asana) with clear instructions on how to get in and out of each pose safely…

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Stress Awareness Getaway

4 June 2021 -

Leave behind the busyness of the modern world, your routine and responsibilities and join like-minded people to relax and enjoy a few days of mindfulness, yoga and stress awareness. Suitable…

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You the Jury

9 October 2020 - 11 October 2020

Over the course of the weekend we will be examining three real life murder cases which took place in England between 1900 – 1975 and you, the jury, will consider…

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You the Jury – Casebook 5

21 October 2020 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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You the Jury – Casebook 6 (02/11/2020)

2 November 2020 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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You the Jury – Casebook 6 (08/03/2021)

8 March 2021 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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You the Jury – Casebook 6 (22/02/2021)

22 February 2021 -

Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England between 1900-1975. Participants will be expected to listen to the…

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