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A Country Bouquet

23 March 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 Little History of Paris Through Art & Architecture

5 May 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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Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources

24 August 2020 - 25 August 2020

Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 August Fee: £112 The session will look at more unusual resources mostly in the 1700 and…

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Against the Odds: How women writers found their voices

1 April 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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Aladdin’s Palace Pop-Up

15 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

Aladdin’s Palace Pop-up Lunch Tuesday 15 – Lunch Thursday 17 September Fees (£): 437 379 379 268 includes all materials. This course will appeal to those interested in art, craft…

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Alignment Therapy

9 April 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

10 June 2020 -

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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An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby

21 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

An Extraordinary Marriage – Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby Tuesday 21 July Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the history…

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Ancient Egyptian Palace Paintings

14 April 2020 - 16 April 2020

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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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

14 April 2020 - 16 April 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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Architecture of Slovakia

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

The small state of Slovakia has some of the richest and best preserved architectural heritage in Central Europe. From the traditional wooden vernacular architecture, with farms and churches, through the…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

2 October 2020 - 4 October 2020

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend Our tutor is Craig Houston-Donald and our musician is Robert Mackay. Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October Fees (£): 446 384 384 259 The course…

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Bags of Fun

29 May 2020 -

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 Corndolly Making

18 April 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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Beginners Crochet – Additional date due to popularity

10 July 2020 -

The is an additional date due to popularity. Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day…

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Beginners Crochet – COURSE FULL – Additional date Friday 10 July 2020

20 March 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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Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Belle Époque: the music of France 1870-1914 Dinner Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 ‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe…

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

15 April 2020 -

Wednesday 15 April Fee: £56 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…

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Bobbin Lace

21 June 2020 - 27 June 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

23 October 2020 - 26 October 2020

Bobbin Lace Dinner Friday 23 – Lunch Monday 26 October Fees (£): 567 479 479 307 This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers, from those who have…

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Bookbinding

15 June 2020 - 19 June 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

9 March 2020 - 13 March 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. The optional special subject for…

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Bookbinding – Miniatures 1 – COURSE FULL

6 May 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

7 May 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

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

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

26 April 2020 - 28 April 2020

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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Botanical Illustration

20 July 2020 - 23 July 2020

Botanical Illustration Tea Monday 20 July – Lunch Thursday 23 July Fees (£): 606 522 522 360 Botanical Illustration is precise detailed work, a combination of art and science. This…

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Botanical Illustration

6 April 2020 - 9 April 2020

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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Brahms and the Piano – Arts in Residence – COURSE FULL

27 March 2020 - 29 March 2020

Brahms and the Piano with Terry Barfoot, Charles Owen and Domenic Degavino The piano features centrally in Brahms’s list of compositions. Not only did he create one of the great…

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British Art Collections and Patrons

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

It is arguably the greatest painting of the twentieth century. Picasso’s Guernica was a defiant statement hewn out of the barbarity of civil war in Spain yet painted in a…

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Chamber Music Weekend

8 May 2020 - 10 May 2020

This weekend is one of the cultural highlights of the year, with live performances by internationally renowned musicians. We will hear four concerts by the Piatti Quartet who will join…

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

16 July 2020 - 17 July 2020

Chinese Brush Painting – Flower and Bird, insects in freehand style Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July Fee: £112 This practical course will focus on painting flower and birds as…

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Colour, Clarity and Composition

28 April 2020 - 30 April 2020

Colour, Clarity & Composition Dinner Tuesday 28 – Lunch Thursday 30 April Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 This course is designed for watercolour painters with some experience, although all…

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Continuing with Family History – Pre 1837 Records

16 March 2020 -

This course is for those who have attended the beginners course or who got back to the 1800s and need help going further back. We will ook at where you…

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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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Country Hares and Foxes Needle Felting Workshop – Additional date 10 October 2020

20 April 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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Crossroads in History – Constructing the Elizabethan Ideal and its Legacy

5 March 2020 -

During this session we will examine how Elizabeth I strove to refine the Tudor propaganda machine even further through employing some of the most celebrated and accomplished artists of her…

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Dealing with the Gods

7 April 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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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020

Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend Lunch Friday 18 – Lunch Sunday 20 September Fees (£): 530 471 471 355 Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull…

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Dorothy Wordsworth The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals

7 March 2020 -

William Wordsworth wrote of his sister Dorothy that ‘she gave me eyes, she gave me ears’. Dorothy’s journals give insight in to her life with her brother and provide insight…

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Elizabeth Gaskell

23 June 2020 - 25 June 2020

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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Enhancing Wellbeing Retreat

30 April 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 – Christendom in Crisis

14 March 2020 -

The sacking of Byzantine Constantinople by the fourth Crusade in 1204 fatally weakened the last Christian bastion against the resurgent Islamic threat from the Seljuk Turks. Following Turkish penetration into…

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Europe – The Age of Discovery

26 May 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

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

Europe: The Hapsburgs Ascendant Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course considers the European balance of power in the 16th century. With the Reconquista complete, adventurers in the employ of…

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Evelyn Waugh – Revisited

20 March 2020 - 22 March 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 Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

9 April 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about healthy living, holistic healing, stress reduction, keeping fit, managing illness and pain. An introduction to Mindful…

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Evening Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

16 April 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about healthy living, holistic healing, stress reduction, keeping fit, managing illness and pain. An introduction to Mindful…

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Evening Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

23 April 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about healthy living, holistic healing, stress reduction, keeping fit, managing illness and pain. An introduction to Mindful…

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Evening Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

7 May 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about healthy living, holistic healing, stress reduction, keeping fit, managing illness and pain. An introduction to Mindful…

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Evening Introduction to Mindful Meditation for Beginners

30 April 2020 -

This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about healthy living, holistic healing, stress reduction, keeping fit, managing illness and pain. An introduction to Mindful…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

14 May 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

25 June 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

23 July 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Evening Outdoor Yoga

20 August 2020 -

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Enjoy the sensory experience of practising yoga outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House. Get grounded and feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe…

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Five more Great Cities

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Five more Great Cities Dinner Friday 24 – Lunch Sunday 26 April Fees (£): 395 338 338 226 This course is ideal for those with an interest in architecture, history,…

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Flora Gave me Fairest Flowers – COURSE FULL

7 May 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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Four Early Medieval Christians – This course has been postponed. New date 26/09/2020

26 September 2020 -

What inspired medieval men and women to give their lives to God? We will examine the lives and writings of four very different individuals: St Benedict, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis…

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Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist

14 July 2020 - 14 July 2020

Frances Power Cobbe – Feminist, Journalist, Activist Tuesday 14 July Fee: £56 This day course will appeal to those who are interested in nineteenth century social and political issues, the…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

19 May 2020 - 21 May 2020

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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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

22 July 2020 - 22 July 2020

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 This course is ideal for those with sleep challenges or are interested in finding out more on the subject. During…

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Gift Bouquet for Mothers Day

19 March 2020 -

This course is aimed at those who have an interest in flower arranging. No experience is required as Sophie will take you through the process step-by-step to create a handtied…

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Give the Paint a Chance

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

Give the paint a chance… Monday 24 August Fee: £56 This course will appeal to those with an interest in watercolours, abstract art, modernism, composition, expressive painting, landscape and urban…

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Growing Outdoor Exotic Plants in the UK

21 March 2020 -

This course will appeal to gardening enthusiasts who want to extend their knowledge and create a ‘different’ kind of garden. A survey of exotic plants that can be grown outdoors…

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Guitar Summer School

2 August 2020 - 8 August 2020

Guitar Summer School Tea Sunday 2 August – Breakfast Saturday 8 August Fees (£): 937  842  842  559 After 25 years under the dedicated stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington…

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Hand Embroidery and Applique

3 June 2020 - 5 June 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 Emboidery

19 March 2020 - 22 March 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

3 April 2020 - 5 April 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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How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical

11 June 2020 -

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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Images of Rome: The Grand Tour and After

29 February 2020 -

Although we may visit Rome to make contact with the remains of ancient Roman civilisation, the Rome that we see is very much a product of artistic and aesthetic ideas…

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Improvised Patchwork

5 July 2020 - 6 July 2020

Improvised Patchwork Sunday 5 and Monday 6 July Fee: £117 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to those with…

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Indian Block Printing

8 June 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. Indian Block Printing is suitable for…

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Introduction to Greenwood Crafts alternative date to that published in our programme

14 April 2020 - 15 April 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 2020 -

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

10 June 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

6 July 2020 - 6 July 2020

Introduction to Printed Textiles Monday 6 July Fee: £68 includes all materials. DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will appeal to…

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Introduction to Quilling

28 April 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

3 April 2020 - 5 April 2020

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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Islands of Wonder

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Islands of Wonder investigates our cultural and historic fascination with islands, particularly those distant, mysterious ones with strange beasts and unknown civilisations. We will look in some detail at five…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag Additional course dates

8 June 2020 - 9 June 2020

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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Leatherwork – Make a bag COURSE FULL. Additional Dates – 8th and 9th June

16 March 2020 - 17 March 2020

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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Leatherwork – Make a Dog Collar and Lead

27 April 2020 -

This course is ideal for those with an enjoyment of Leatherwork, crafting and of course dog lovers! Learn how to make a Dog Collar and Lead using beautiful Italian Vegetable…

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Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

20 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July Fee: £112 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 This course will…

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Looking Good Feeling Good – COURSE FULL

4 April 2020 -

An established and successful course, specially designed for women, that has a mantra “if we change the way we look, we change the way we feel”. So no matter what…

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Macrame Hanger

19 May 2020 -

This course will appeal to those wishing to learn a new craft technique, interior design, gift-making In each session students will be taught various knotting and hitching techniques which will…

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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 – Additional Date 7 and 8 September 2020

30 March 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

18 April 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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Modular Knitting

9 July 2020 - 9 July 2020

Modular Knitting Thursday 9 July Fee: £64 includes materials This course is suitable for anyone who can knit and purl with confidence. Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working…

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Monmouth Rebellion inc visit to battlesites

3 June 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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Music, Magic and Mystery

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

Music, Magic and Mystery Dinner Friday 6 – Lunch Sunday 8 March Fees (£): 399 342 342 230 In opera, anything can happen – or at least it should feel…

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Nalbinding

4 May 2020 -

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 with Debbie Munro

2 April 2020 - 3 April 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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No Brush Necessary

5 May 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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Oval Wooden Shaker Carrier

24 March 2020 - 25 March 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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Painting for beginners – one step further

29 May 2020 -

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

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People in the Roman World

15 April 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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Philosophy: The Good Life

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

‘The life truly worth living is the considered life’, said Socrates, two and a half millenia ago. Socrates meant a life that was well informed and has goals which will…

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Portraits of Women in Power in the Medieval World from Hilde of Whitby to Joan of Arc – COURSE FULL

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

Despite the male-dominated world in which they lived, a number of women in medieval England, Germany and France rose to place their stamp on their contemporary worlds and also on…

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Recorder Consort Course

26 May 2020 - 28 May 2020

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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Roman Blinds

21 March 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

3 April 2020 - 5 April 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

23 March 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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Shakespeare Comedy of Errors including a trip to RSC Stratford-Upon-Avon

17 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

This course will appeal to those with a love of Literature, Shakespeare, comedy, theatre The course will explore Shakespeare’s highly entertaining The Comedy of Errors. We will discuss the language,…

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Shakespeare for Actors – Comedy

24 March 2020 -

An ideal way to celebrate the Bard’s birthday with an investigation of the practical challenges and opportunities for the actor when performing in Shakespeare’s comedies with particular reference to Twelfth…

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Shakespeare for Actors – Tragedy

25 March 2020 -

Continue your celebrations of the Bard’s birthday with an investigation of the practical challenges and opportunities for the actor when performing in Shakespeare’s tragedies with particular reference to Macbeth. This…

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Shakespeare’s B** and B**

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards The occasion of Shakespeare’s 456th birthday is being celebrated this year at Dillington House with a wicked look at Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards – a weekend…

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Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards

24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Shakespeare’s B*tches and B*stards Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April Fee: £395 338 338 226 Discount of 10% for new Tutor introduction if booked by 31 March 2020 The occasion…

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Silk Painting Big and Bold

31 May 2020 - 4 June 2020

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 for Larks Dinner Friday 16 – Lunch Sunday 18 October Fees (£): 446 384 384 269 Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy.…

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Six Troubled Counties – A History of Northern Ireland

13 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Created in the chaotic aftermath of the First World War, Northern Ireland had a troubled birth and continues to be troubled by sometimes bloody communal divisions. As Private Secretary to…

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Stained Glass

7 July 2020 - 8 July 2020

Stained Glass Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July Fee: £142 includes material costs This course will appeal to those with an interest in painting, art history, building restoration and craftwork.…

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Sugar Craft modelling and cupcakes

5 May 2020 -

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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Summer School Week One – A Cultural History of Spain

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Exploring Shakespeare with Elizabeth Merry

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One – Unwrapped and Unpacked. Houses and Gardens, Public and Private of the West Country

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week One – Watercolour for Enjoyment

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Week One of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 9 August – Breakfast Saturday 15 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week One. Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter

13 August 2020 - 14 August 2020

Masterworks of Medieval English Art with Tim Porter Thursday and Friday It’s hard to exaggerate the magnificence of medieval art, because the evidence is so overwhelming. Despite the destruction wrought…

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Summer School Week One. Music in the West Country with Tim Porter

9 August 2020 - 12 August 2020

Music in the West Country with Tim Porter Monday – Wednesday At Dillington we sit in the heart of the West, famed for its glorious landscapes and historic buildings –…

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Summer School Week Two – Crime, Social History and Literature with Diane Janes

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two – Five Centuries of Classical Music with Wayne Bennett

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non…

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Summer School Week Two. Lancastrians, Yorkists and The Emerging Tudors

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Summer School Week Two. Landscapes with Churches – West Country Church Crawling

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 There…

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Summer School Week Two. Stumpwork and Hand Embroidery with Annette Bolton

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Week Two of Summer School runs from Tea Sunday 16 August – Breakfast Saturday 22 August There is no Patrons discount for this course Resident Fee £1006 £868 £868 Non-Resident…

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Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys

2 April 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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Surf’s Up! Sing the Beach Boys

2 April 2020 -

Surf’s Up! – Sing the Beach Boys Thursday 2 April Fee: £56 Known for their musical homages to surfing, cars and romance, the Beach Boys achieved success early in their…

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The Beauties of Brick – The story of brick buildings in Britain

4 June 2020 -

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 Cold War 1945-1991

20 March 2020 - 22 March 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

5 May 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Enduring Love by Ian McEwan published by Vintage. Tuesday 5 May Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

2 June 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Lark Rise to Candleford published by Penguin Modern Classics. Tuesday 2 June Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

3 March 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing The Salt Path by Raynor Winn – published by Penguin. Tuesday 3 March Fee includes coffee and three course lunch

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The Dillington Book Club

7 April 2020 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be 7 April Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier published by Harper Collins) Tuesday 7 April Fee includes coffee and three…

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The French Revolution: tous ça change (everything changes)

12 May 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

6 May 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 Pastoral Tradition in Music

7 April 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 Splendour of Stone – How stone has been used in British architecture

5 June 2020 -

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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Three Scottish Saints

9 April 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 Ways to Paint an Abstract – Additional Course date 06/06/2020

6 June 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 Ways to Paint an Abstract – COURSE FULL – Additional date set 06/06/2020

29 February 2020 -

  This course is full. We have another date set Saturday 6th June 2020, please contact Dillington House to book. “What does it mean, jellybean?… Even if I knew, I…

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Tutankhamun: the Pharaoh behind the Tomb

15 June 2020 - 16 June 2020

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 – Fritz Wunderlich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

3 June 2020 -

The third in a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers, on this occasion two contemporaries possessing superb and characterful voices, performing in a…

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Two More Great Singers – Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi

14 March 2020 -

The second in a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers, focusing on this occasion particularly on the Italian bel canto repertoire, the operas…

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Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour – COURSE FULL

14 March 2020 -

Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour Saturday 14 March Fee: £56 Where does the rainbow go when we try to put it onto the paper? Why do all those lovely…

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

8 April 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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Vintage Felt Bear

10 July 2020 - 10 July 2020

Vintage Felt Bear Friday 10 July Fee: £71 includes materials This course will appeal to those who enjoy crafts such as quilting, knitting, spinning, crochet, beading, sewing, needle felting, sculpture…

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Watercolour – The Importance of Tone in Painting

6 March 2020 - 8 March 2020

If you know the basics of washes, colour and mixing and want to take the next steps this course is designed for intermediate students and will deal with the fascinating…

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Watercolour Summer Workshop

21 June 2020 - 24 June 2020

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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West Country Migration in the 1800s

12 May 2020 -

The 1800s 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

22 July 2020 - 22 July 2020

When the Heir to the Throne took his own Life – a new, thought-provoking look at the Mayerling Story 1889 Wednesday 22 July Fee: £56 DISCOUNT OF 10% for New…

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Wildlife and Natural History Painting in Gouache

19 May 2020 - 21 May 2020

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 Hares – Additional date due to popularity

10 June 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 – COURSE FULL Additional date Wednesday 10th June 2020

8 April 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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You the Jury – Casebook 6

10 June 2020 -

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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You The Jury – Casebook Number 5

27 May 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 Number 5

17 March 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…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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You the Jury Casebook 6

21 October 2020 - 21 October 2020

You The Jury Casebook 6 Monday 24 August Fee: £56 Over the course of the day we will be considering two different real-life cases of murder which occurred in England…

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