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Take a step into the past and meet famous historical characters, famous and infamous. Transport yourself effortlessly into history on one of Farncombe Courses’ insightful and engaging history and architecture classes.

From getting the know the Normans, to discovering more about the Zulu and Boer Wars, there is a topic of interest for amateur and experienced historians alike. You’ll meet like-minded people and gain a true understanding of your area of interest.

Take a look at the wide ranging history and architecture classes and courses below, to pursue your passion at Farncombe Courses. Book today to save your space!


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July 2015

Cancan and Courtesans: The Social History of 19th Century France

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - July 26 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: David Price

This weekend will reveal the background to the many Revolutions and Rebellions in Paris in the 19th century

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August 2015

Political Cinema of the 1930s

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - August 16 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Alan Sennett

This weekend course looks at political film during the 1930s. It focuses upon Britain, America, Germany, France and Russia.

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September 2015

Magna Carta, Agincourt & Englishness

September 4 @ 6:00 pm - September 6 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: William Tyler

800 years ago and 600 years ago respectively the signing of Magna Carta by King John and the victory of Henry V at Agincourt enhanced the process of creating a distinct English nation.

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From Blitzkrieg to Blake: Art in Britain 1939-1960

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - September 20 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Jan Cox

Our course begins by examining the “ammunition” that Britain’s Neo-Romantic Artists took into the Fortress Britain of the early 1940s.

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British music of the First World War

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tutor: Tim Porter

You probably know the poems of Wilfred Owen: you may know the paintings of Paul Nash, but the music of the First World War hasn’t entered public consciousness to the same extent.

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October 2015

The Lindisfarne Gospels: Celtic and Anglo-Saxon art in action

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - October 4 @ 2:00 pm

This course will focus on one of the world’s most beautiful books, the Lindisfarne Gospels, made in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria in the early 8th century at the monastery of Lindisfarne, founded by Irish monks.

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Victorian Affluence, Influence and Industry: Tales of our Time through Art

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - October 18 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Tim Stimson

Victorian narrative pictures provide a fascinating insight into the attitudes, values and morals of this crucial period of British cultural history.

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November 2015

‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’: The Wars of the Roses

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - November 15 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Tim Porter

Great buildings, growing prosperity and a nasty taste for violence- that’s the paradox of 15th Century England.

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