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New courses launch with WEA Steyning

The end of the Saxon period marks the start of the course on Medieval Life in Sussex, looking at both change and continuity between the 11th and 16th centuries

The end of the Saxon period marks the start of the course on Medieval Life in Sussex, looking at both change and continuity between the 11th and 16th centuries

MEDIEVAL life, music and 19th century Britain are among subjects for the WEA Steyning branch’s autumn courses.

In addition to the two World War One day courses, which were reported in the Steyning Herald on August 21, the Workers Educational Association is offering new ten-week courses, starting this month.

Art and Society in 19th Century Britain starts at the Catholic Church Room, Penlands Way Steyning, on Thursday, September 25, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Barry Linfield said: “The era was marked by social and political change, economic growth, and the industrial revolution.

“This course will consider the art world in the context of the cultural, social and technological developments that were taking place.”

Painting, printed material, decorative arts, architecture and gardens will be explored and the ten-week course will include a three-hour visit to a gallery.

It will also look at the work of the main artists and art movements of the period.

Tutor Prasannajit da Silva, an expert in this field, led a similar course last spring on the 18th century.

Medieval Life in Sussex starts on Tuesday, September 30, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, also at the Catholic Church Room.

Mr Linfield said: “This course will explore the changes made by the Norman conquest of 1066 and also the English institutions, which survived this period and continued into the middle ages.

“It will look at the role of the church, the development of weapons and defensive structures, the changes in both town and countryside, the great famine, the Black Death and trade and transport.”

Tutor Judie English is known for her popular Digging Up Steyning courses.

Exploring the Concerto starts at the Jarvis Music Room, Jarvis Lane, Steyning, on Wednesday September 24, from 2pm to 4pm.

Mr Linfield said: “The idea of combining a soloist with an orchestra takes us back to the 18th century and the course will look at how the different major composers approached this task up to the present day.

“We will be looking at Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms amongst others.”

The tutor is Robert Carrington and the venue is an ideal setting, allowing the learners to be surrounded by musical instruments and musically-inspired paintings.

Mr Lindfield said: “The wood-panelled walls add warmth to the sound of an excellent hi-fi system.”

Courses cost £84 and include a break for half-term. Book through the WEA website (www.wea.org.uk) by clicking on ‘find a course’ and entering a central Steyning postcode like BN44 3GL, or call 0800 328 1060 free. People are asked to book early so numbers can be verified.

 

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