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September 2019

SOLWAY FIELD TRIPS: HISTORY AND BEAUTY

September 20th at 18:30 to September 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A journey through time visiting less well known heritage sites on the Cumbrian Solway coastal plains. See ancient places of worship, once thriving seaports, forgotten estuary crossings. Explore the sweeping Solway coastline and abundant wildlife habitats. Hear Solway stories. A mix of indoor and outdoor venues with some short off-road walks so dress for weather and walking. Fiona Stoddart (Solway Connections www.highamhall.com/fiona-stoddart) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 (inc. Field Trips and any lunches out)

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VISITING LAKELAND GARDENS (4 NIGHT) – EARLY AUTUMN

September 23rd at 18:30 to September 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Enjoy spectacular changing garden colours and amazing views afforded by fells, lakes and countryside by visiting some hidden horticultural gems. With her wealth of local and horticultural knowledge, Louise will seek to enchant and inspire you. LIMITED NUMBER Louise Stoddart (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/louise-stoddart) Residential: £463 Non-residential: £334 (inc. Admissions and Field Trips) We offer Garden Visits with Louise in May, July and September.

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ATTRIBUTES OF A VICTORY: BRITAIN AT WAR 1939-1942

September 25th at 18:30 to September 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

How did the British people respond to war in 1939? How did they cope with the threat of invasion and the Blitz? Should Churchill have negotiated with Hitler? Consider these as we explore Britain's 'finest hour'. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 D-DAY 1944 follows: attend both, save £25.

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D-DAY 1944 THE ASSAULT ON HITLER’S EUROPE

September 27th at 18:30 to September 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The landings of the 6th June 1944 were the largest amphibious operation ever undertaken. We will explore the preparation for Overlord, the assault on the beaches and the consequences for the eventual liberation of France and Western Europe. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 BRITAIN AT WAR 1939-42 precedes: attend both, save £25.

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FOLLIES, FAIRGROUNDS AND FAKES: ARCHITECTURE TODAY AND THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF?

September 27th at 18:30 to September 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Form Follows Function, wrote architect Louis Sullivan, but there are many apparently useless buildings from ancient monument to modern art installation. What are they really for? We will explore how and why, in times ancient and modern, we built fantasies, fakes, and fictions. Edward Hollis (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/edward-hollis) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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October 2019

THE ORIGIN OF LIFE REVISITED

October 14th at 18:30 to October 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Further presentations from a scientific perspective. What is Life? All living things are believed to have arisen from a single primordial cell. Enjoy discussion of early ideas, new theories and discoveries. Is there life elsewhere? Both perceptions and possibilities have been changing. Some basic chemistry recollection handy, but not essential! Prof. David I Stott (Glasgow www.highamhall.com/david-stott) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 A complement to John Kusel’s THE IMPACT OF PARASITES is 29 March

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ROCKS, MINERALS AND FOSSILS

October 24th at 18:30 to October 27th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A thorough introduction through talks and practical sessions. Study a museum-quality geological collection from around the world and scrutinise the inner secrets of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks down the microscope. A large selection of geological maps and books will also be to hand. Visit Keswick Museum geology collection to view specimens from their stores and the John Ruskin collection. Also a brief field trip – come prepared with warm clothes and walking boots! N.B. Ends at Tea Break 4pm…

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November 2019

THE GLORIES OF GEORGIAN ARCHITECTURE

November 1st at 18:30 to November 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The enduring popularity of Georgian architecture is partly due to familiarity. Explore its continental origins and the intriguing story of how it became our C18th style of architecture through to the present day. Examine supreme examples, discuss creative adaptations to fit our sometimes strange and perverse cultural needs. Lavishly illustrated with comprehensive handouts. Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Precedes Wayne’s ART PATRONS course – attend both, save £25)

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ART PATRONS AND THE ART COLLECTIONS OF BRITAIN

November 3rd at 18:30 to November 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Delve into the private collectors and the patrons who laid the foundation stones of our great public collections: monarchs and aristocrats, the names of Courtauld, Davies, Lever, Burrell, Tate, Sainsbury, Cohen and Saatchi – to name but a few. Naturally, this will be lavishly illustrated! Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Preceded by Wayne’s GEORGIAN course – attend both, save £25)

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LAKELAND FIELD TRIPS: THE MAKING OF THE LAKE DISTRICT

November 7th at 18:30 to November 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Visits to key sites revealing what makes the Lake District unique as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy a look at landscape, archaeology, history and key figures. Intended visits include Dove Cottage, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and a Heritage Boat Trip to the newly-opened Windermere Steamboat Museum. Bruce Bennison (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/bruce-bennison) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 (inc. Field Trips and all lunches out)

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