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March 2019

SACRED SPACES – FROM PREHISTORY TO THE MEDIEVAL IN CUMBRIA

March 24th at 18:30 to March 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A closer look at some of the sacred places around the Lake District, from over 5000 years ago through to the Norman settlement. Visit some unique places, some away from the normal tourist paths - consider those who built these monuments and churches, their motivation and explore how continuity of use features so strongly in our story of human settlement. Bruce Bennison (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/bruce-bennison) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 inc. Field Trips and all lunches out.

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STALIN AND THE SOVIET UNION

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

Explore the life and times of Stalin and his impact upon the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. We will consider his rise to power in the 1920s, industrialisation and terror in the 1930s, the Second World War, Soviet expansion after 1945 and the Cold War. In the arts we will explore the development of Socialist Realism. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164 HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY follows - attend both, save £25.

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WRITING FICTION: ‘THE LITTLE BOX OF LANGUAGE TRICKS’ AND ‘TIME’

March 26th at 18:30 to March 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324 Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY

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

Adolf Hitler strides across the history of the 20th Century like a colossus. He changed the lives of most Europeans during his years in power and we continue to live with the positive and negative implications of his defeat in 1945. This is an introduction to his life and the movement he founded. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164 STALIN AND THE SOVIET UNION precedes - attend both, save £25.

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WATERLOO: INSURRECTIONS AND TIGHT PLACES

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

Our main theme this year is the British Army's response to civil unrest at home and abroad in the 18th Century. We also look in detail at two Peninsular actions fought with backs to the sea. Speakers: Paul Brunyee, Patrick Mercer, John Morewood, Julian Spilsbury. Residential: £243 Non-residential: £176 Arranged in co-operation with The Waterloo Association.

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THE ICE AGE AND ITS AFTERMATH IN LAKELAND

March 31st at 18:30 to April 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Geological field trips with some rough, possibly muddy, footpaths and a little elevation close to the road with evening lectures. Focus on features indicating former Lakeland glaciers and landscape changes since the glaciers disappeared - particularly landslides and river systems - in the context of recent flood events. Suitable for all, appropriately attired, having studied an 'ology or not. Dr. Peter Wilson (Ulster www.highamhall.com/peter-wilson) Residential: £334 Non-residential: £236 inc. Minibus Field Trips (prepare for walking and weather)

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April 2019

MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS

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

Most Mozart devotees would agree that his 27 piano concertos hold a special place in their affections - Classical form and content combined with effortless grace and refinement. Amongst others, we will enjoy nos. 20(D minor), 21(C), 23(A), 24(C minor) and 25(C). Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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THE LIFE, LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY OF SAMUEL BECKETT

April 9th at 18:30 to April 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Waiting for Godot immortalised Beckett's name and contributed to his 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature, but is his portrayal of human existence one of pessimism or possibility? Explore this Irish playwright, poet and novelist's life and literature, and unearth the philosophical ideas contained within. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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WAGNER’S TRISTAN: MYTH AND REALITY – A GREAT OPERA CONSIDERED FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE

April 12th at 18:30 to April 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

One of the most famous love stories, some of the most hypnotic music ever written, audiences intrigued for over a century by its revolutionary design. We will, however, dig deeper and discover how, perhaps, Wagner's own marriage break-up and his passions for Mathilde Wesendonk and Cosima von Bulow spill over and make-believe reflects reality throughout a plot related to its composer's own social traumas. Julian Williamson (London www.highamhall.com/julian-williamson) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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DISCOVER THE NORMANS

April 14th at 18:30 to April 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Themed talks and 2 half-day gentle guided trips out across the Lake District, including castles at Muncaster, Brougham and Brough. Explore Norman origins, effects of the Norman Conquest of England and the early resistance. Learn about four Norman rulers including William the Conqueror and Henry I. Explore cultural achievements like the Bayeux Tapestry, the Domesday Book, Cathedrals and Castles. Dr. Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA (Kent www.highamhall.com/geoff-fran-doel) Residential: £368 Non-residential: £269 inc. Field Trips, admissions & packed lunches, exc.…

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