Crime, Social History and Mystery

Crime and Social History

Day course

Residential course

Diane Janes

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

Non-resident fee £58 per day, £33 on Friday (morning only). £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Summer week.

A week of real-life murder cases, compelling questions and baffling mysteries! Diane Janes spins an overarching theme that embraces the world of crime, social history and mystery.  Attend all week or by the day, whatever you do, you’ll be gripped and entertained.  Once booked, you will receive the full course detail.

Click on the subject titles below for more details on each course.

Monday – The Story of Detection
Solving crime is generally perceived as being at the heart of policing, but this has not always been the case.

Tuesday – Ask the Experts?
Or should we beware of experts? Was a well-known politician right to say that we have had enough of experts?

Wednesday – You the Jury
Become part of a jury and consider a real-life case of murder, which came before the British courts in the 1920s.

Thursday – Hanged in Error
Today we focus on a handful of famous cases which resulted in almost certain miscarriages of justice.

Friday – A Half Day of Mystery and Imagination
From the depths of Loch Ness to the summit of Mount Everest, via the Bermuda Triangle, there has always been an appetite for a good mystery.

Tutor information

Diane Janes is an award winning author, who has written five highly regarded crime novels and four respected factual books on real life historical murders. She is regularly invited to lecture on crime and social history to a wide variety of audiences, in locations as diverse as cruise ships and village halls, and her first work of non-fiction, Edwardian Murder: Ightham & the Morpeth Train Robbery is now referenced in academic text books on the history of policing.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.