Articles featuring Dillington House | LeisureCourses.net - short courses & residential study breaks in great locations - Part 4

  • Family History Research Day: Using Dillington’s Computers or Your Own Laptop

    Listed on June 1, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    If you have hit a brick wall in your family history research or simply need a few pointers in the right direction, this one day workshop will provide you with the opportunity to come along and carry out your own research, whilst receiving guidance and advice from the tutor. A computer will be provided or...

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  • Much Ado About Nothing: Deception, Darkness & Dogberry

    Listed on May 31, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    ‘I have deceived even your very eyes’. We will explore, through reading and analysis, one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. We will focus on the central theme of deception in the play: in particular the benevolent deception which supports the love story between Beatrice and Benedick, and the malevolent...

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  • Romanesque, Art, Architecture & Design

    Listed on May 31, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    The Romanesque period represents the first truly European wide international style, since the fall of the Roman Empire. Its spread alongside the expansion of the Roman Catholic Church is no coincidence, as both the Catholic faith and the nascent political ambitions of new nation states combined to create a heady mix of militant Christianity, politics,...

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  • Mediation and Mindfulness

    Listed on May 31, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    A course designed for beginners, and for anyone wanting to refresh their own practice. We will look at how traditional meditation is now ‘mainstream’, formulated as Mindfulness by Jon Kabat Zinn et.al., and used therapeutically in many social contexts. We will have short periods of silent practice with different meditation supports, starting with the breath...

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  • Recorder Short Course

    Listed on May 16, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a large conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. The music to be studied will utilise all sizes of recorder, from descant to contrabass. Students are...

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  • AA316 – Open University Nineteenth Centrury Literature Revision

    Listed on May 16, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course is designed specifically for Open University students studying AA316 and preparing for the examination. Its purpose is to revise and consolidate the work that has been done on the nineteenth-century novel, and to examine ways of turning that work to the best effect in the examination. Skills of close analysis will be practised,...

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  • An Introduction to Designing Your Own Garden

    Listed on May 10, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This classroom based course, which runs over three consecutive s, provides an opportunity to improve and refresh your garden with support and help from a professional garden designer. You will learn, step by step, how to redesign your own plot. The course will begin with basic principles and go on to consider choosing the right...

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  • Concert with the Gould Piano Trio

    Listed on May 8, 2016 by Dillington in Music

    For over twenty years the Gould Piano Trio have remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene, and we are very excited to welcome them to Dillington. The programme for this concert will include Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello in C Major, Mozart’s Trio in G Major K564 and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio.

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  • Figure & Portrait Drawing in any Medium

    Listed on May 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Beginners and those of all levels of experience are welcome on this day of drawing or painting from a professional life model, clothed and posed in everyday, familiar settings, including observation of the human head. Students are invited to bring any materials they prefer. Demonstrations and studies in proportion, tone and colour will support individual...

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  • News From the Fronts: Focus on the Battle of Jutland

    Listed on May 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    While the Battle of Verdun ground on, the Allies built up resources for major offensives on the Eastern Front under General Brusilov and a coordinated Anglo-French offensive astride the River Somme. At sea the German High Seas Fleet sought a conclusive engagement in the North Sea. Thus came about ‘Der Tag’ - the culmination of...

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  • What’s New on the Internet for Family Historians?

    Listed on May 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Are you just using a few family history websites and not finding anything new? This course is your chance to widen your search and find out about the many new sites family historians can benefit from to further their research. Jane will present an up to the minute review of websites you can use both...

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  • Beethoven and the Archduke Rudolph

    Listed on May 6, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Beethoven’s wide-ranging list of compositions offers endless opportunities for discovery. Our weekend will feature a variety of music written for or dedicated to his favourite patron, the Archduke Rudolph, including concertos, chamber music, piano sonatas and the great Missa Solemnis. There will be visual and musical illustrations, as well as a performance of the celebrated...

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  • Book Club: The Go-Between

    Listed on May 3, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

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  • Paper Making and Literature

    Listed on April 18, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Using rags, old books and new ideas, make handmade paper with a literary theme. Authors like Wordsworth, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Ruskin, Dickens and Beatrix Potter (to name a few) will be our inspiration. Inventive and highly personalised papers will be created with flowers, cloth, rope, old books and lots of words and poetry!

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  • Britain’s Industrial Heritage

    Listed on April 18, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course showcases aspects of Britain’s rich industrial heritage, from Cheshire to Aberdeen, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and the Isle of Man. Typical sites include textile mills, water and wind mills, railways, canals, mines, limekilns, cement works, breweries, maltings, salt works and ports, but often the smallest industries are the most fascinating. There is a field visit...

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  • A300 – Open University Twentieth Centrury Literature EMA Preparation

    Listed on April 18, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course is designed specifically for Open University students studying A300 and preparing for the End-of-Module Assessment (EMA). Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for detailed analysis of the relevant texts, as well as full discussion of theoretical issues and approaches to writing and structuring the extended essay. There will also be a chance...

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  • Ancient Egyptian Treasures in Oxford and Cambridge

    Listed on April 16, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge house two of the finest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the UK. In this day course will explore a wealth of ancient Egyptian material, examining highlights of these two wonderful collections from the Predynastic Period (4th millennium BC) through to the Roman Period (2nd century...

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  • Coleridge and His Circle in Somerset

    Listed on April 16, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This study day will explore the emerging Romantic sensibility and the poetry and politics of the 1790s. The focus is on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, particularly the inspiration he drew from the local landscape and from his friendship with Dorothy and William Wordsworth during their shared years in Somerset. We shall look at the four ‘conversation...

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  • Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Day

    Listed on April 16, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course gives acoustic guitar players the encouragement to explore more challenging material and techniques using a wide range of musical genres. Add blues to your Bach? Or Bach to your blues? Then join the many who have enjoyed playing and learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Our comprehensive study pack contains material in standard notation...

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  • Gold, Amber & Bronze: The Meaning of Objects

    Listed on April 15, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    When precious metals and materials are discovered, archaeologists have to interpret their meaning and context. This course focuses on the variety of Prehistoric objects that are found in funerary contexts, in hoards and isolated chance finds. It will explore how archaeologists explain and give meaning to objects. Do grave goods reflect a person’s status in...

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  • Britain & Ireland After The Romans

    Listed on April 15, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    What happened to Britain after the Romans left? Was there genocide, ethnic cleansing or cultural assimilation? ‘Britain and Ireland after the Romans’ will examine the tumultuous changes that occurred from the fifth century onwards that ultimately gave birth to the separate English and British speaking communities of Britain and Ireland.

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  • Silk Painting Big & Bold

    Listed on April 15, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Silk painting is an accessible and hugely enjoyable medium, which is suitable for all levels of ability. This course is suitable for experienced silk painters and for complete beginners. It starts with an introduction to the basic techniques including; gutta, wet-in-wet and salt effects. However most of the course will be devoted to participants own...

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  • Restoration to Revolution England 1660 – 1688

    Listed on April 15, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    After twenty years of civil war most people looked to a return to ‘normalcy’ after the Restoration of Charles II in May 1660, yet the ‘Restoration Settlement’ settled very little. This course will explore this exciting period in English history. We will consider such topics as the Popish Plot and the Exclusion Crisis, the emergence...

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  • Illustrations from the Edge – The Art of Exploration’

    Listed on April 10, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    A sumptuously illustrated talk about the work of six British ‘expedition artists’ who travelled with some of the world’s great explorers from the C18th to C20th. You will see wonderful illustrations by William Hodges, David Roberts, Edward Wilson, Thomas Moran, Thomas Baines and Conrad Martens, accompanied by Brian’s stunning images from 5 continents. A true...

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  • Drawing Skills for Garden Designers

    Listed on April 9, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This one day workshop is for those who wish to improve their presentational skills for illustrating garden designs. It would suit anyone who has an interest in or has studied garden design and wants to make more of their drawing skills. You do not need to be good at drawing to find this course interesting...

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  • Understanding Greek Tragedy and Greek Comedy

    Listed on April 9, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Some amazing plays were performed in Athens in the 5th century BC. This course traces the origins and development of Greek drama and provides an opportunity to participate in two play readings: Euripides 'Bacchae' in which King Pentheus recklessly rejects the worship of Dionysus and Aristophanes 'The Frogs', in which Dionysus, dressed as Heracles, enters...

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  • Free-Machine Embroidery for Improvers

    Listed on April 9, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    An inspiring and fun course aimed at those with experience in the technique who have grasped the basics and now want to develop and improve on their existing skills. Working from your own design motif or the tutors you will build a collection of samples in a variety of threads and stitches and learn how...

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  • A334 Literature from Shakespeare to Austen

    Listed on April 8, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is aimed at Open University A334 students. The course will cover the study of prose, poetry and drama from Shakespeare to Austen. We will consolidate what you have learned on the module so far and help you gain new insights. We will be considering texts from a variety of genres in their...

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  • Honiton Lace

    Listed on April 8, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This is a practical course designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques of this classic English lace. Those experienced in Honiton lacemaking can expand their skills and understanding of this lace and gain inspiration and guidance...

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  • Flappers, Vamps & All That Jazz: The Roaring Twenties

    Listed on April 8, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    The 1920s were a time of great upheaval, as society was torn between a desire to return to the certainties of the past and rejection of the old certainties of the Edwardian era. The result was a creative tension that led to new developments in society, politics and the arts, including daring new plays, modern...

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