Workshops and Lectures

Baroness Bolsover’s Afternoon Tea Etiquette Talk – ONLINE

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Tutor: Linda Holmes
Tuesday 20th Apr from 15:30 to 16:30
Cost £7

Join the Victorian Baroness Bolsover as she demonstrates the essential DO’S AND DON’TS of Afternoon Tea Etiquette. Bring along a napkin, teaspoon, cup and a saucer and learn how to become the Crème de la Crème of the Tea Party. Take a step back in time as the Baroness recollects her Afternoon Tea experiences in the reign of her beloved Queen Victoria and discover the answer to some of life’s most difficult dilemmas, Milk or Tea first? Her Ladyship looks forward to answering your questions at the end of her presentation after which Afternoon Tea will never be the same again! This lecture will be held online using Zoom.

South America, Immigrants, Horrors and Highlights – ONLINE

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Tutor: Joy Hall
Wednesday 12th May from 19:00 to 20:00
Cost £7

A personal view of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Joy’s illustrated talks aim to analyse her impressions and experiences abroad, looking behind what the tourist brochures say. The speaker’s fees will go to support the work of the Hitchin British Schools’ Museum.

Emperor Augustus

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Tutor: Deborah Day
Wednesday 9th Jun from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £15

The Roman emperor Augustus was one of the longest-ruling leaders in history, steering one of the world’s largest empires back to peace and stability after 60 years of war and civil strife. This talk will not be a political examination and assessment, and there will be very few dates, but instead we will try to consider Augustus the man, his motivation and ideals, and his effect upon those around him.

Introduction to Embroidery Stitches – ONLINE

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Tutor: Jemma Dell
Tuesday 10th Aug from 10:00 to 01:00
Cost £25

Your Tutor loves introducing people to the gentle art of embroidery and knows there is so much potential when you have confidence with even a few simple stitches. In this class she will guide you through the basics, using a hoop, how to get started and variations on running stitch, you will also tackle French Knots, something many people are quite nervous about, but with the right technique and bit of practise you will soon get the hang of them.

The Long Playing Record – Study Day with Stephen Barnard and Christopher Budd

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Saturday 21st Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £40

In 1948, the long playing record changed home entertainment forever, capturing everything from classical concerts to musical shows in quality sound on unbreakable discs. Meanwhile the album cover – part-packaging, part-advertising – developed in tandem as a vehicle for the image and worldview of a performer or band, often becoming a work of art in its own right. Join us to explore the aural and visual history of the LP from the pioneering thematic albums of Frank Sinatra through to Sgt Pepper and the twilight years of vinyl. Study Day run by Stephen Barnard and Christopher Budd

Further Embroidery Stitches – ONLINE

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Tutor: Jemma Dell
Tuesday 24th Aug from 10:00 to 01:00
Cost £25

There are so many different embroidery stitches and a variety of ways to execute each one. Once you have mastered the basics there is plenty more to add to your repertoire. In this class we will cover fly, feather and herringbone stitches. If there is a stitch that you are keen to learn we may be able to cover that during the session too.