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March 2020

VERSION FRANCAISE: TWO FILMS IN FRENCH (DAY)

March 22nd at 09:30 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* A day with two films (hand-picked by Sylvie) to discuss and appreciate (in French and English, depending upon the group). Ideal for developing an ear for the language, also for exploring the creations of some of the finest directors the Francophile world is so famous for. Sylvie Jefferson (native French speaker www.highamhall.com/sylvie-jefferson) £66 (inc. lunch and refreshments) These DAYS take place March and November.

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THE ICE AGE AND ITS AFTERMATH IN LAKELAND

March 22nd at 18:30 to March 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Geological trips with some rough, possibly muddy, footpaths and a little elevation close to the road with evening lectures. View glacial landforms and features that have formed since the ice disappeared (screes, landslides, river terraces and floodplains, with landscape changes still happening today.) Suitable for all – prepare for walking and weather. Dr. Peter Wilson (Ulster www.highamhall.com/peter-wilson) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (inc. Field Trips)

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SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN – ARCHITECT IN CONTEXT

March 23rd at 18:30 to March 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Mathematician, Engineer, Architect: Wren stamped his genius and personality on late C17th Britain. From star gazing at Oxford in the 1650s to the dome of St. Paul's, spend some time in his company, exploring his legacy. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Michael Tunnicliffe’s CHURCH AND SOCIETY 1660 – 1714 follows. Attend bothsir, save £25.

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CHURCH AND SOCIETY 1660 – 1714

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

*NEW* The tempestuous times of the late Stuart monarchy: Charles II was a secret Catholic, James II an open Catholic, William III a Calvinist and only Queen Anne was a loyal Anglican. The Church of England was restored but a large group of Nonconformists were expelled and persecuted until toleration in 1689. Hoping for a Catholic monarchy, many joined the Jacobite cause. NEW TUTOR: Michael Tunnicliffe (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/ michael-tunnicliffe) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Preceded by Andrew Lacey’s SIR CHRISOPHER WREN…

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WATERLOO: BUILDING ARMIES, AND ARMIES BUILDING

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

The anniversaries this year are the Lines of Torres Vedras and Busaco. Other talks will examine the background, development and activities of some of the regiments, corps and armies who were to meet on the field at Waterloo. Speakers: Julian Spilsbury, Carole Divall, Dr Mark S Thompson and Jim Laidlaw Residential: £253 Non-residential: £196 Arranged in co-operation with The Waterloo Association www.waterlooassociation.org.uk

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THE IMPACT OF PARASITES ON HUMANS, ANIMALS AND PLANTS

March 29th at 18:30 to March 31st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* We discuss the nature of parasitises and identify a variety from protozoa to larger worms to very small viruses. Parasitic adaptation is fascinating so we consider their morphology and biochemistry, impact through disease and our attempts at control, even to influence other unfriendly organisms. Practical demo's with microscopes, film and diagnostic methods will be used. NEW TUTOR: John Kusel (Scotland www.highamhall.com/john-kusel) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Complements David Stott’s ORIGIN OF LIFE courses.

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SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS IN FIVE DAYS

March 29th at 18:30 to April 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* An intensive (but fun) course covering the basics to get by as a tourist. Order food and drink, go shopping, ask directions and pronounce paella correctly. No experience required, full notes provided. Without being fluent, you can still be ready to give it a go in some of the 20-plus countries where Spanish is the official language. NEW TUTOR: Eric Rayner (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/eric-rayner) SPECIAL PRICE – five nights for four) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (inc. materials)

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April 2020

TALK & TEA: RESTLESS – THE PEOPLE WHO SETTLED NORTH AMERICA

April 19th at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

14:00 - 16:30 Sun 19 Apr 2020 America was first settled by restless, ancient humans crossing the Bering Ice Bridge - Europeans would arrive later and, eventually, overspread the continent. This lecture examines the driving forces, the successes and failures on both sides of this 370 years of clashing cultures. Tom McMullen (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tom-mcmullen) £12 each including refreshments

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DISCOVER THE ELIZABETHANS

April 23rd at 18:30 to April 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Thu 23 Apr - 13:30 Sun 26 Apr 2020 Themed talks and 2 half-day gentle trips out. Explore topics such as the Cult of Gloriana, Sea Dogs and the Armada, Elizabethan Theatre, Renaissance Figures, Elizabethan Music; dramatist/spy Kit Marlowe and the Essex Rebellion. Visits to see some clues. Dr. Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA (Kent www.highamhall.com/geoff-fran-doel) Residential: £375 Non-residential: £274 (inc. Trips, Lunches; excludes coffee stops)

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THE UNKOWN SIBELIUS

April 24th at 18:30 to April 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Fri 24 Apr - 13:30 Sun 26 Apr 2020 Join Tim on a deeper appreciation of this increasingly-revered Finnish composer who died in 1957, but whose late romanticism is still relevant today. Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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