Explore Evenings

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To register interest in any of the following courses, please click on the button to email us and add the tutor's name in the 'Subject' box of the email.

Each 8 week course will cost £65 - payable by cheque at the first session of the course.

Explore Evenings are open to full Explore members to attend.

History course
The Cold War: What Was It For?
Tutor : John Sadler
Venue: Green Room, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Dates : Mondays - 22nd January to 12th March 2018
Time : 19.00 to 20.30

Remember the war that never was?

For half a century Britain maintained its armed forces at World War Two levels to meet the threat of Armageddon. In the wake of Nazi Germany's final collapse both east and west competed to snap up the Reich's rocket scientists; like Werner von Braun whose past crimes against humanity were overlooked in the nuclear race, the competition to build weapons that would truly produce the war to end all wars - mutually assured destruction ("MAD"), the chorus for over two generations.

Churchill spoke of the Iron Curtain descending over Eastern Europe, Einstein prophesised that whilst nukes might be the weapons of WWIII, the next world war would be fought with spears. Mankind's capacity to unleash weapons of such terrible potency that would lead to his own extinction and the ruin of the planet had reached perfection.

It was the war nobody could win.

Where it was fought out, the competing blocs manoeuvred around proxies; in Korea, Malaya, the Middle East, Cuba, the two Germanys, Borneo and Vietnam.


Music course
Exploring Music - Changing Times
Tutor : Mike Green
Venue: White Room, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Dates : Tuesdays - 23rd January to 13th March 2018
Time : 18.00 to 19.30

In these eight sessions, we will explore musical works, trends, developments and character from Western music history over the past four hundred years. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and listening to musical examples. 

No formal musical knowledge is required.

23 Jan    Music for Percussion
30 Jan    Mensural Notation
06 Feb    The Tyranny of the Barline
13 Feb    The Evolution of Listening
20 Feb    Poeme Symphonique
27 Feb    The Times They Are A Changin'
06 Mar    The Chapel Royal
13 Mar    Rock of Ages

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History course
Fortress : defence of the realm, military architecture in Britain from 500 BC to 1945
Tutor : John Sadler
Venue: Green Room, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Dates : Mondays - 9th October to 27th November 2017
Time : 19.00 to 20.30

We will survey how this country has defended its shores and its internal borders from the Iron Age to World War Two with particular reference to the North East of England: from Celtic forts, Roman Wall, Saxon burhs, Norman and medieval castles, Tudor artillery forts, Jacobite wars, industrial and nuclear age warfare. 

We look at purpose, construction, life within, siege and storm.

Sessions will cover:
Defining fortresses
Birrenswalk, practice or battle? 
Rome’s North West frontier
Harbottle Castle, stopper in the bottle 
Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls
Fighting Prince Charlie
Hartlepool, 1914
Churchill’s magic army

Explore lifelong learning 2017 John Sadler adult education

Music course
Man-made World : Musical Creations
Tutor : Mike Green
Venue: White Room, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Dates : Tuesdays - 10th October to 28th November 2017
Time : 18.00 to 19.30

In these eight sessions, we will explore some significant man-made creations which have had an influence on the course of Western music history over the past four hundred years. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and listening to musical examples. 

No formal musical knowledge is required.

10 Oct The Clarinet
17 Oct Creating an Impression
24 Oct The Guitar, Strings and Cables
31 Oct Musique concrète
07 Nov The Development of Keyboard Instruments 
14 Nov Equal Temperament
21 Nov The Violin
28 Nov The Golden Section
Explore Lifelong Learning 2017 Mike Green adult education

History course
Introduction to Ancient Egypt
Tutor : Members of the North East Ancient Egypt Society
Venue: Green Room, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Dates : Thursdays  - 12th October to 30th November 2017
Time : 19.00 to 20.30

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The course will provide a concise introduction to Ancient Egyptian archaeology, including the monuments of its Pharoahs and settlements of its people, as well as hieroglyphs, tombs and temples.

12 Oct    Egyptian Pharaohs and their world - Penny Wilson
19 Oct    Law and Order in Ancient Egypt - Barbara Atkinson
26 Oct   The Tomb of Tutankhamun: from Luxor to Highclere - Gillian Dodds
02 Nov   Pyramid Power - Olive Hogg
09 Nov  Temples and Religious Life - tbc
16 Nov  Hieroglyphs and Writing - Ned Ramm
23 Nov  Archaeology of Egyptian Cities and Towns - Penny Wilson
30 Nov  Mummification and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt - Julie Misuriello

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This course is open to members of the North East Ancient Egypt Society as well as Explore members.
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