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October 2020

THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

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

Superficially, the art of the Renaissance may seem old hat but it remains endlessly fascinating and continues to provide new insights. This course will range over many aspects and consider the impact of the phenomenon in a wider European context. Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169 Preceded by Wayne's PERFORMANCE ART course.

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November 2020

LOST CUMBRIA ON FILM

November 1st at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We will be travelling back in time for a nostalgic trip into the past all over the county with the Cumbria Film Archive. A unique afternoon of entertainment enjoying genuinely rare and unique footage - always fascinating and always something new. Andrew Leitch & Jim Bownass (Cumbria -www.highamhall.com/andrew-leitch-jim-bownass) £12 each including refreshments  

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TALK & LUNCH: THE FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD

November 3rd at 11:00 to 12:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A 500th Anniversary Talk - In 1520 Henry VIII and Francis 1 met to ratify an Anglo-French alliance and the betrothal of Princess Mary to the French Dauphin. An entourage of 6,000 each descended on a field near Calais for 18 days to display the skill and splendour of each King and country. Jo Mabbutt will tell you how the English achieved this spectacular event. Jo Mabbutt (Surrey www.highamhall.com/jo-mabbutt) Special Event: £22 inc. Lunch

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THE ICE AGE AND ITS AFTERMATH IN LAKELAND

November 10th at 18:30 to November 13th 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: £345 Non-residential: £244 (inc. Field Trips)

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THE BRONZE AND IRON AGES:

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

We start with Homer and the Bronze Age in England and Ireland, the Pitiless Bronze and move through to the Iron Age with a particular focus on the North of England. We look at culture and society at building, fighting and burial. We’ll look at long barrows and hillforts with at least one field trip. John Sadler started his career in history and prehistory on digs in Northumberland during boyhood with the late Professor G. Jobey on a range of…

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February 2021

THE SPIRIT OF NORWAY

Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 18:30 to Thursday February 11, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A fascinating social, cultural and artistic look at Norway - a land of wonders - and its national identity primarily from the 18th century including: The Land of Thule, Art of the Norwegian Landscape, Fridtjof Nansen (‘father of modern polar exploration.’), Oslo. Danny Wells (Derbyshire www.highamhall.com/danny-wells) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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GREAT POLITICAL RIVALRIES

Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 18:30 to Friday February 19, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We shall examine the main rivalries over the last 200 years, exploring where power lies, how rivalries operate within the political system, various personalities with psychological and other factors. Michael Dimambro (Co, Durham www.highamhall.com/michael-dimambro) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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March 2021

SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN – ARCHITECT IN CONTEXT

Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 18:30 to Thursday March 11, 2021 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 17th Century Britain. From star gazing at Oxford in the 1650s to the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, this course will enable us to spend some time in his company, exploring the results of that genius and personality. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) and Mrs. Vanessa Lacey Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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LAW AND ORDER IN ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND

Sunday March 21, 2021 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A legal system had to be accessed, guilt determined and penalties given. Law was made by royal pronouncement and by the written word and new laws had to be transmitted. We shall explore examples of how justice was viewed and applied. The book needed for this course (Laws of the Earliest English Kings) is included to take home. Philip Holdsworth (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/philip-holdsworth) Residential: £253 Non-residential: £184 (inc. book required for the course)

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WATERLOO: BUILDING ARMIES, AND ARMIES BUILDING

Friday March 26, 2021 at 18:30 to Sunday March 28, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The Battle of Waterloo and the twenty years of conflict that preceded it holds a fascination to this day. The wars took place on land and sea and covered every continent in the world apart from Arctic and Antarctica. During this weekend different speakers will present new perspectives on the military developments and actions that contributed to the final defeat of Napoleon in 1815 (just over a decade before Higham was built) and the longest period of peace Europe had…

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