Workshops and Lectures

Handsome, Sometimes Clever & Almost Always Rich: Jane Austen's Heroes & Villains

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Saturday 22nd Feb from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

We will consider the heroes and villains who fill the pages of Jane Austen’s novels, and who provide her heroines (and us!) with delight, diversion and sometimes disappointment. Our subjects will include John Willoughby, Colonel Brandon, Mr Collins, Mr Darcy, Frank Churchill, Mr Knightley and Captain Wentworth and we will also discuss heroism and villainy, past and present!

Building Beautifully in Concrete

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Saturday 29th Feb from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

There have always been beautiful concrete buildings, but a great many constructions were put up too quickly and too cheaply, and located too close to more traditional styles of building, and these are the unattractive objects which have shaped the public attitude to concrete. This course focuses on some of the buildings and bridges we love today, and which could not have been built in any other material. Please bring a packed lunch.

Introduction to Silver - Trio of Stacking Rings

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Saturday 7th Mar from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £35

Design and make a trio of Sterling silver stacker rings with two simple outer rings and a decorative inner ring. In this session you will learn how to size your fingers, calculate the materials required, prepare, form and solder your rings. No experience necessary. Cost includes all materials.

Introduction to Silver - Bangle

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Saturday 7th Mar from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £42

For complete beginners or those who have done silver classes at The Settlement or elsewhere, an opportunity to design and make your own bangle in Sterling silver. This session will cover designing your piece, measuring/sizing, preparing your silver, soldering, shaping and texturing it. Please note that the finished pieces will need to be cleaned and polished at the tutor’s workshop but will be available for collection from The Settlement about week after the session. The fee includes materials for the project

Hungary 1944-56

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Tutor: Mihaly Saary
Monday 16th Mar from 14:00 to 15:00
Cost £8

Retired haematologist Mihaly Saary left his native Hungary as the Soviets moved in to occupy the country. Having made a dramatic escape he arrived in England as a 17 year old where he and his family had to make a new life. In this talk he will trace the development of Hungary from the end of WW2 to that dramatic time.

The Art of Easter

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Saturday 4th Apr from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

Explore how the Easter story has been interpreted by European artists from 14th to 20th centuries. We will relate the paintings to the Gospel accounts, consider the context of their making and discuss our own responses. No prior knowledge is required. Please bring a packed lunch.