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June 2021

MODERN ART ON LOCATION: CUMBRIA AND THE AVANT GARDE

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

*NEW* Winifred Nicholson, Ben Nicholson and the landscapes of Hadrian's Wall and the North Pennines. As rising stars of British modernism, the Nicholson's links spanned London, Paris and other European centres of the avant-garde but their north Cumbrian home near Hadrian's Wall was Winifred's lodestone. Many artistic friends (Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchens, Christopher Wood) were drawn to stay and work alongside them. Learn about their work, visit some of the places they painted and reflect and respond to these places…

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July 2021

RUSHBEARING, RUSHCARTS & PACE EGGING -TRADITIONS O’T’NORTH

July 1st at 18:30 to July 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Rushbearing in the Lake Distict & the Rushcart in Lancs & West Yorkshire originated as rituals with the practical aim of strewing the church floors with rushes. We hope to visit the Ambleside Rushbearing and Grasmere Church, location of another, with in-house talks which will also feature the local Pace-Egging custom. Dr. Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA (Kent www.highamhall.com/geoff-fran-doel) Residential: £380 Non-residential: £279 (inc. Trips)

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August 2021

SACRED SITES OF NORTH CUMBRIA

August 5th at 18:30 to August 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Visit a range of different sacred heritage sites that explore beautiful North Cumbria's past from pre-history, Roman, and Viking eras onwards. The stunning Eden Valley and the Solway plains reveal a fascinating, rich and layered local history. Indoor and outdoor venues, some short off-road ambles, so dress for weather and walking. Fiona Stoddart (Solway Connections www.highamhall.com/fiona-stoddart) Residential: £380 Non-residential: £279 inc. Field Trips and any lunches out.

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THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

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

There were eight famous Hollywood studios which were collectively termed The Dream Factory. How did they begin? How did they manufacture those dreams so successfully for so long? And why can we no longer tell a Warner Brothers film from an MGM film? Three features, eight studios and eight lectures will reveal all... Dr. Colin Shindler (London www.highamhall.com/colin-shindler) Residential: £350 Non-residential: £249

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September 2021

PICTURESQUE, ROMANTIC AND GOTHIC LAKELAND

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

Picturesque, Romantic, Gothic: terms favoured by C18th writers, artists, architects and travel companies to describe the Lake District. Explore through illustrated lectures, full-day and half-day tours (in our minibus, some walking involved) through the best of the Lakeland scenery. Dr. Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA (Kent www.highamhall.com/geoff-fran-doel) Residential: £486 Non-residential: £354 (inc. Trips)

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PLAYING WITH THE PAST: ADVENTURES IN CULTURAL HERITAGE

September 17th at 18:30 to September 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Despite a focus on the past, Heritage is a modern idea, relating to the use we make in the present of the remains of the past, be they objects, buildings, landscapes, or practices. We will explore contemporary heritage, introducing key ideas, as well as stories from the past and the present, in which we remember the act of remembering. We invite you to bring along a story about heritage from your home - a problem from the past, that needs…

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REIVERS TO WEAVERS: AN EXPLORATION OF ASPECTS OF BORDERS HISTORY

September 19th at 18:30 to September 22nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Visit less well known heritage sites around our Border Lands. Medieval dwellings fortified against attack from Scottish raiders and the infamous Reivers; wild moorland scenery; wooded river valleys with a forgotten industrial past. Indoor and outdoor venues, some off-road walks, so dress for weather, walking and full-day minibus excursions. Fiona Stoddart (Solway Connections www.highamhall.com/fiona-stoddart) Residential: £380 Non-residential: £279 (inc. Field Trips and any lunches out)

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THE GOTHIC REVIVAL IN BRITAIN

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

Why did people in the C19th and early C20th put up buildings which looked as if they had been built in the C14th? Explore one of the most influential movements in British architectural history. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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