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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 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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Advanced Family History – Looking at More Unusual Sources

24 August 2020 - 25 August 2020

The session will look at more unusual resources mostly in the 1700 and 1800s, including land tax, tithe & estate maps, manorial records, poll books, estate papers and parish records.…

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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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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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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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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 Corndolly 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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Beginners Crochet

10 July 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 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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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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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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Bobbin Lace

27 June 2021 - 3 June 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

23 October 2020 - 26 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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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 – 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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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

2 September 2020 - 4 September 2020

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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Chamber Music Weekend

13 November 2020 - 15 November 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

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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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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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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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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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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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

8 September 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 -

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

2 November 2020 - 4 November 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

21 July 2020 -

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

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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

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

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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Four Early Medieval Christians

5 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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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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Give the Paint a Chance

24 August 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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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

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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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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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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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

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 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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Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

20 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

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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Modular Knitting

9 July 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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Nalbinding

26 October 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

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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No Brush Necessary

27 October 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Summer School Week One – A Cultural History of Spain

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Spain is a mystery and a paradox to many British minds and yet for those who engage with its story there are great riches awaiting. Its unique music is a…

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Summer School Week One – Exploring Shakespeare with Elizabeth Merry

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Covering a representative spectrum of five Shakespeare plays, we look at a Comedy, a Tragedy, a History play, a Roman play and a Romance. Day one will examine The Taming…

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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

This course builds on the success of last year’s new format which places a particular house, its collections and garden as an anchor to a wider consideration of the locality,…

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Summer School Week One – Watercolour for Enjoyment

9 August 2020 - 15 August 2020

Watercolour is both fun and challenging and I cannot think of a better place to meet this challenge than Dillington House. Amidst glorious surroundings of honeyed stone and beautiful gardens,…

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

13 August 2020 - 14 August 2020

It’s hard to exaggerate the magnificence of medieval art, because the evidence is so overwhelming. Despite the destruction wrought by the Reformation, the stone carving and stained-glass, the wallpainting and…

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

9 August 2020 - 12 August 2020

At Dillington we sit in the heart of the West, famed for its glorious landscapes and historic buildings – but what about the music? Well, there’s been plenty of it,…

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

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

A week of real-life murder cases, compelling storytelling and baffling mysteries! Diane Janes spins an overarching theme that embraces the world of crime, social history and literature. Attend all week…

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

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

The Story of western classical music is complex and full of remarkable turns and challenges. This course will chart a course from the medieval world to the present day. Along…

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

16 August 2020 - 22 August 2020

Following Richard II’s deposition by Henry IV in 1399, the Lancastrian Kings were to rule England for the next sixty years. After the great successes of Henry V in the…

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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

This exciting course will explore the beautiful and fascinating 16th century raised embroidery technique known as Stumpwork, where you will learn how to include gold and metallic threads in your…

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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 – Fritz Wunderlich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

5 September 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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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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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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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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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 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

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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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 6

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 -

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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