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Our courses are one session per week, for 10 weeks, with each session lasting either 1 or 2 hours.

All of our courses are held in the Randall Room of the Harpenden Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PS.

See immediately below for full details of the courses held in spring 2020. (Applications for courses this autumn, which started in September 2019, are now closed.)



COURSES IN 2019/2020 - SPRING TERM 2020


PLEASE NOTE

You can now apply for the following three spring 2020 courses:
* Film Appreciation
* Victorian England
* French Musical Miniatures
You can also apply for our three one-day courses.


Film Appreciation
Spring: Mondays 10.30am - 12.00noon
10 meetings each of 1 hours:
6 meetings from Monday 6th January to Monday 10th February, then a 1-week break (on Monday 17th February), then 4 meetings from Monday 24th February to Monday 16th March, 2020
Tutor: Mike Griffiths
Cost: 60
Course code: C2226884
This is a journey through the world of film - an art form that almost everyone experiences. Its aim is for you to learn about the origins of film itself; the various film genres; the Hollywood system; and a variety of film-making practices and methods. A range of films will be considered to illustrate the concepts discussed, including Apocalypse Now, Barry Lyndon, Mulholland Drive, Playtime, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Thief, Vertigo, and Timecode, all by various directors with their own distinctive style.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Monday 17th February 2020.

Victorian England
Spring: Mondays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
6 meetings from Monday 6th January to Monday 10th February, then a 1-week break (on Monday 17th February), then 4 meetings from Monday 24th February to Monday 16th March, 2020
Tutor: Adam Smith
Cost: 80
Course code: C2226885
Victoria's long reign was the height of English power and influence, as British industry and military power dominated the world. However, it was also a time when previously unheard voices in society, such as those of the working class and women, clamoured to be heard. During this course students will see the momentous changes which occurred during the 63 years of Victoria's reign.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Monday 17th February 2020.

French Musical Miniatures
Spring: Tuesdays 10.00am - 12.00noon
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
6 meetings from Tuesday 7th January to Tuesday 11th February, then a 1-week break (on Tuesday 18th February), then 4 meetings from Tuesday 25th February to Tuesday 17th March, 2020
Tutor: John Winter
Cost: 80
Course code: C2226887
It is tempting to listen to the great symphonies, flamboyant concertos, and grand operas, but this overlooks many fine works that are miniatures: either short in length, or few in the number of performers. There have been many composers who were much more effective when working on a smaller scale, and this course will explore the music of various French composers (Bizet, Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, etc) as well as those working in France (Chopin, Stravinsky, etc). French music has a charm and delicacy, and composers loved exploring unusual timbres. Small is beautiful.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Day Course: Archaeological Conundrums - Romans and Ruffians
Spring Term: Saturday 25th January 2020
10.00am to 4.00pm
Tutor: Virginia Brisco
Cost: 25
Course code: C2227031
How do we know what rituals took place at sites such as Stonehenge, and how do archaeologists interpret the "signs"? Romans were in Britain for 400 years, but what about "un-Roman" Britain. What happened afterwards? History is mostly about the rich and powerful, but what about the poor? Archaeology can give us some of the answers.
Coffee and tea included; own arrangements for lunch.

Day Course: Geology Matters
Spring Term: Saturday 29th February 2020
10.00am to 4.00pm
Tutor: John Myres
Cost: 25
Course code: C2227061
This course provides an introduction to the science of geology and explains what rocks can tell us about the evolution of the earth, its structures, environments, and life. It will also explain how rocks influence your daily life, through local landscape, habitats, culture and resources.
Coffee and tea included; own arrangements for lunch.

Day Course: The Genius of Antoni Gaudi
Spring Term: Saturday 25th April 2020
10.00am to 4.00pm
Tutor: Keith Halsted
Cost: 25
Course code: C2227030
As Barcelona expanded rapidly around 1900, the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was creating extraordinary buildings. He brought new thinking to every aspect of design - but his Temple de la Sagrada Familia has been his most facinating project. We will look at his exceptional contribution to architecture.
Coffee and tea included; own arrangements for lunch.


PLEASE NOTE

The WEA has cancelled the other three courses which we had planned to run:
* Current Affairs/Talking Politics Part 2
* The English House in the 20th Century Part 2
* Examined Lives: The Art of Autobiography Part 2
For information about the above three cancelled classes, please enquire from any student you know who is currently enrolled on the autumn Part 1 of any of the classes.



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FURTHER INFORMATION

Click here for a copy of our booklet, in pdf format. (The booklet, which opens in a new window, contains all the courses for 2019/20 listed above.)

Click here for a copy of our newsletter, in pdf format. (The newsletter, which opens in a new window, discusses the courses for 2019/20.)

If you do not have software which can read pdf files, free programs can be obtained from various websites, for example Foxit Reader from foxitsoftware.com or Adobe Reader from adobe.com/uk (links open in a new window).

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(Version created June 2019)