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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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May 2014
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Red Star in The East: Communist Eastern Europe 1945-89

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - May 11 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: William Tyler

We shall trace the story of Marxist Eastern Europe from the end of World War Two, and the triumph of the Red Army, to the end of the Cold War, with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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The Story of Wool

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - May 18 @ 2:00 pm

Hear the fascinating story of wool, in which the people of the British Isles have for centuries played a leading part and still do. Concentrating mainly on the UK, but with some global references, we will consider sheep breeds and breeders, wool types, the dramatic history and implications of the wool trade, and how it works now.

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Anatomy of Revolution: Unravelling England’s time of Troubles, 1640-60

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - June 1 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: John Sutton

Historical controversy has long raged over the England’s troubles during the 1640s and 1650s. Were these two turbulent decades a ‘Great Rebellion’ against King Charles I, a Civil War in three kingdoms, or a full-scale revolution?

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June 2014
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The Vikings; in Myth and Reality

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - June 22 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Graham Winton

The Vikings have a bad press as marauding barbarians and raiders. Is this an accurate picture? Modern research and archaeology provide an alternative view of Viking civilization; one that is far more complex and varied.

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July 2014
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England during the Hundred Years War (3 nights)

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - July 14 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Tim Porter

For the best part of a century, England fought France and Scotland, exhausting itself on two fronts and becoming thoroughly militarised. But how were things back home, away from the continental campaigning?

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William the Conqueror

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - July 20 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Trevor Rowley

William the Conqueror led the last successful invasion of England and was the first Norman king of England. Yet he remains a surprisingly shadowy figure. In this course we will examine his claim to be one of the greatest English monarchs.

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Classic Hollywood Cinema

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - July 27 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Alan Sennett

This weekend course looks at the high point of the Hollywood studio system between the 1930s and 1950s. We will examine the attributes of a number of classic Hollywood films: production history, reception history, star system, issues of genre, key directors, censorship, technical and aesthetics.

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August 2014
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The Rash Adventurer: the life and times of Charles Edward Stuart

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - August 31 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: John Sutton

What is the truth about Bonnie Prince Charlie? Was he the dashing leader of a heroic rebellion, desperately fighting against the odds or was he a rash adventurer with a fatally flawed character, who left a trail of devastation in his wake?

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September 2014
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Yorkist England and Richard III

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

The House of York ruled England towards the close of the 15th century and two brothers, Edward IV and Richard III, provided us with two of our most interesting medieval monarchs.

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Tragedy and Triumph: The Story of Polar Exploration

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - September 28 @ 2:00 pm
Tutor: Mark Cottle

The course will start by describing the search for the North-West Passage, which captivated the imaginations of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of Frobisher and Davis, in Elizabeth I’s reign.

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