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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 2014
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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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October 2014
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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
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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
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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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