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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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October 2014

Tudor Royal Palaces

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - October 5 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Gillian White

When the Tudors usurped the English throne, they urgently needed a way to impress the world with a sense of their legitimacy and permanence. High on the list of top tips for royal propaganda was the creation of magnificent buildings to prove that the dynasty meant business.

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The Zulu and Boer Wars

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - October 19 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Sean Lang

Why did Victorian Britain find itself embroiled in so many wars in southern Africa? The Zulu War provided some of the most famous heroic episodes of the British Empire’s history, but is that the right way to look at it?

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November 2014

Medieval Craftsmanship

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - November 16 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Tim Porter

They were the elite of the workforce – the people who created the wall paintings and woodcarvings, the stonework and stained glass. Over this weekend, we will consider their work as it developed over five centuries, looking into the materials they used and the ideas which underlay their extraordinary flights of fancy.

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December 2014

The Path into War: The Story of 1914

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - December 7 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: William Tyler

We shall trace the origins of The Great War which began in August 1914. In doing so we shall look at Edwardian Britain and at the wider world, including the political, ideological, economic and personality factors which led the world to war.

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May 20152015

The Lion’s Roar Silenced: Britain’s withdrawal from Empire

May 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - May 10, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: William Tyler

From 1922, and the ending of colonial rule in Egypt, and especially from the ending of The Raj in 1947, through to the withdrawal from Hong Kong in 1997, Britain’s imperial withdrawal was marked too often by bloodshed, from The Mau Mau Insurgency in Kenya to the bitter fighting in Cyprus.

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July 2015

From Henry II to John: A Window on the World of Angevin England

July 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - July 5, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Mark Cottle

The Angevin dynasty is by any standards an impressive one – its founder, Henry II, ruled an empire that stretched from Hadrian’s Wall to the Pyrenees and included almost half of France.

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Political Cinema of the 1930s

July 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - July 12, 2015 @ 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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Cancan and Courtesans: The Social History of 19th Century France

July 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - July 26, 2015 @ 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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September 2015

Magna Carta, Agincourt & Englishness

September 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - September 6, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - September 20, 2015 @ 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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