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  • History of Design – William Morris

    You will discover interesting facts about William Morris, who was one of the 19th century’s most famous names. He was an author, designer and craftsman famous for furniture, fabrics, stained glass and wallpaper.

    Full Fee: £30.00
    60+ Fee: £23.00
    Concessionary Fee: £15.00

  • Know your Roots – Beginners’ Genealogy

    This is a beginners’ course for those who are interested in their family origins and finding long lost relatives. Discover online sources of useful information for tracing your family history, along with tips and hints on where to search. This six session course is delivered over a 12 week period to allow for independent research off site.

    Full Fee: £80.00
    60+ Fee: £60.00
    Concessionary Fee: £40.00

  • London History: “A Tale of Two Cities”

    Embark on an epic journey through London’s unique 2000 year evolution – focusing on key events, places and communities that have shaped its social and economic history. Discover a fascinating and thought-provoking story told from two sides of the same coin covering the ‘winners & losers’, the ‘haves & have-nots’ – London’s settlement and migration, wealth and poverty, destitution and care, slums and regeneration and crime and punishment. The course includes five trips to London. The costs of travel are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £240.00
    60+ Fee: £180.00
    Concessionary Fee: £120.00

  • London History: “Pearlies, Pies & Pig’s Ear” – Cockney Culture

    Discover the fascinating social history of London’s ‘Cockneys’ – including their multi-cultural origins, charitable community spirit, myths and superstitions. A Pearly King delivers this course and injects it with entertaining stories and captivating fun facts. It is ideal for anyone with an interest in the etymology of ‘Cockney’, the legend of ‘being born within the sound of Bow Bells’, the dialect, Rhyming Slang, the Pearly tradition, its costume design and the quirky and unique food and drink. The course includes two trips to ‘Cockney’ London. The costs of travel are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £115.00
    60+ Fee: £86.00
    Concessionary Fee: £58.00

  • London History: “Shop ‘til you drop” – Famous Markets & Stores

    The course will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of London’s world famous markets, stores and shopping districts – from the East End to the West End – including Petticoat Lane, Spitalfields, Billingsgate, Borough, Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Portobello Road, Burlington Arcade, Harrods, Fortnum & Masons, Gamages, Liberties – plus some of London’s more unusual and unique shops. The course also covers how to be a careful shopper – including tricks of the trade and tips on spotting fake goods. There will be six trips to London. The costs of travel are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £247.00
    60+ Fee: £185.00
    Concessionary Fee: £124.00

  • London History: “Suffragette City” – Social Activism & Movements

    A poignant story of the struggle for social justice, rights and equality over the centuries – from individual protagonists to large-scale organised movements. We will explore and examine the origin and impact of activism in the capital and the success or failure of plots and rebellions – including the Peasants’ Revolt, the Suffragettes, the Matchgirl Strikers and the Anti-Fascist Movement. The course includes two trips to London. The costs of travel and any entry fees are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £105.00
    60+ Fee: £79.00
    Concessionary Fee: £53.00

  • London History: “Tales of the Riverbank” – Old Father Thames

    As the River Thames has long provided the main artery in the capital; this course takes you on a fascinating journey through its history. You will explore its ancient origins and settlement on its banks; how it has been the start and end of epic journeys for pilgrims, explorers and adventurers; how it became home to engineering, invention and innovation; and how it has been the scene of both glorious and horrid events. The course also covers the river’s fortifications, barriers, bridges and tunnels, its docks and wharves, its great pageants, great frost fairs, great boat races and great stinks. You will learn about its people too – from famous sea captains and pirates to its watermen and dockers. The course includes two trips to London. The costs of travel and any entry fees are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £105.00
    60+ Fee: £79.00
    Concessionary Fee: £53.00

  • London History: “That’s Entertainment (‘ave a banana)” – Music Hall/Variety Theatre

    This is a fascinating journey through time into the colourful origins and evolution of the legendary venues and performers that have provided ‘variety’ entertainment for the masses in ‘old London town’. You will experience a visual and aural feast for your delectation – from the ancient Roman Amphitheatre, medieval bear-baiting pits, Shakespearian playhouses, Victorian music halls and 20th century grand variety theatres. You won’t just focus on the stars of the stage; you will discover street musicians as well. You will be the judge on whether the superstars and bizarre speciality acts of yesteryear would get through an audition today. The course includes two trips to London. The costs of travel and any entry fees are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £105.00
    60+ Fee: £79.00
    Concessionary Fee: £53.00

  • London History: “The rub-a-dub” – Historic Public Houses

    As we venture down back streets, alleyways and riverside walks you will discover the historical facts (and fiction) relating to famous London ‘watering-holes’ and their surrounding areas. You will see the haunts of famous patrons, such as Shakespeare, Dickens, pirates and gangsters, to those haunted by ghosts (or not)! The course includes six trips to historic areas of London, including the Docklands, the Southbank, Knightsbridge and the City of London. The costs of travel and any beverages purchased are not included in the course fees.

    Full Fee: £247.00
    60+ Fee: £184.00
    Concessionary Fee: £124.00

  • Policing in Britain – Crimes

    Crimes such as murder, adultery and treason will be looked at and differences/similarities in punishment will be identified. The investigation of crime will also be introduced allowing you to chart the development of this idea from hue and cry to fingerprints..

    Full Fee: £68.00
    60+ Fee: £51.00
    Concessionary Fee: £34.00

  • Policing in Britain – Enforcers

    You will look at the different types of law enforcement used including the City watch, Bow Street Runners and the United Kingdom’s modern Police Forces.

    Full Fee: £68.00
    60+ Fee: £51.00
    Concessionary Fee: £34.00

  • Things That Go Bump in the Night

    This short course will introduce several of the world’s ghost stories and encourage discussion of the world of the paranormal. You will be able to explore different ideas and thoughts related to the subject while encountering stories including animals in the Tower and legionnaires marching through cellars.

    Full Fee: £120.00
    60+ Fee: £90.00
    Concessionary Fee: £60.00

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