Autumn Term Courses

October 2018 ~ December 2018

Five American Presidents ~ 5 Evenings Course
Tutor: Alan Sennett

5 Tuesday Evenings - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th October 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £32.50 (Members £27.50)

1. The imperial presidency of Theodore Roosevelt

This five-week course examines the administrations of five twentieth century US presidents.  It covers some key themes and controversies in American history. Each session begins with a historical question or debate connected with the powers of US presidents.  We will consider some leading historical contributions to an understanding of the specific themes followed by an attempt to draw out the broader significance of the topic for American and international history/affairs.  Our sessions will allow plenty of space for class participation, discussion and questions.

This course has now been completed.

4. Truman and the Cold War

3. Franklin Roosevelt,

the New Deal and the Second World War

2. Wilson and the First World War

5. Johnson & Vietnam

My Life As a Judge ~ Evening Question & Answer Session
Chaired by: Creina Mansfield

Thursday 11th October 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7 (or £9 on the door)

Her Honour Diana Eaglestone is a retired Circuit Judge

During her 20 years on the Bench in Manchester she sat on Crime, Family and Civil cases. 

Prior to that she was a barrister and a member of Deans Court Chambers Manchester for 25 years.



To facilitate a varied and balanced programme questions should be submitted in advance.



If you would like to submit a question for Judge Eaglestone you may do so via our contact page.

This course has now been completed.

The Swinging 60s ~ 5 Afternoons Course
Tutor: Les Berry

5 Monday Afternoons 22nd October**,  5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th November 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee £32.50 (Members £27.50)

**NB There will be no class on 29th October 2018

This is a five week course covering aspects of popular culture in Britain in the 1960s, an era when, for a while, Britain became the centre and driving force of western popular music, cinema, fashion and design.  With the main emphasis being on popular music, we shall be looking at why and how this happened and share recorded examples of music ranging from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones through to Jimmy Hendrix, the Kinks, Dusty Springfield and lots more.  If you can remember it – you weren’t there!


This course has now been completed.

The Textile Industry in North West England ~ 5 Mornings Course
Tutor: Judith Wilshaw

5 Tuesday Mornings 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th October 2018*

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

10 am ~ 12 noon    Fee £32.50  (Members £27.50)

* 30th October will comprise a visit to Styal Mill. Cheshire

Spinners in a Cotton Mill 1911

This course will look at the basic hand textile processes, power sources and machines, the factory system and the social revolution it brought about, and transport mechanisms and networks.

Week 1.  Basic hand processes and different fibres.

Week 2.  Textile machines and their inventors.

Week 3.  The Industrial Revolution – the social revolution.

Week 4.  Transport mechanisms and networks.

Week 5.  A field outing to Styal Mill.  (full day)

This course has now been completed.

Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire.

From Riches to Rags and Back Again
1200 Years of Byzantine History ~ 5 Mornings Course
Tutor: Birgitta Hoffmann

5 Wednesday mornings 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st October 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

11 am ~ 1 pm    Fee £32.50 (Members £27.50)

Byzantium, or more correctly the Eastern Roman Empire was the longest survivor of the Roman Empire of Augustus. In its 1200 year history it had to change several times to survive and acquired a reputation for wiliness as well as a meeting place of cultural influences. This course will present a short overview of its history and culture. 

1. The Eastern Empire of Constantine and Justinian: 300-565
2. When everything seems to go wrong: 565-718

3. From Iconoclasm to Manzikert. Byzantium from 718-1071.

4. The Byzantine Empire and the age of the Crusades: How to be destroyed by your own 'allies'

5. The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Holding your own against the Turks 1261-1453.

This course has now been completed.

Hagia Sophia - Istanbul

What Hope for Peace in Palestine & Israel? ~ Evening Course
Tutor: Dave Stannard

Thursday 4th October 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7 (or £9 on the door)

Dave Stannard is a retired Youth & Community Worker, now living in North Yorkshire. In 2016/17 he worked as a human rights observer with the World Council of Churches (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme). His team was based in East Jerusalem.

Based on first-hand experience of the Occupied Territories, the talk will give insight to the everyday life of Palestinians in particular those living in the West Bank. The work of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Project will be outlined, a programme which works for an end to the Occupation, and a future in which both Palestinians and Israelis enjoy a just peace.

This course has now been completed.

The Steam Era in Glossop ~ Evening Course
Tutor: Owen Russell

Thursday 18th October 2018

The Masonic Hall, 18 Henry Street, Glossop, SK13 8BW

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7 (or £9 on the door)

This course will deal with the railway that served Glossop and the surrounding localities, as first developed by the MSLR (Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway), and then under the GCR (Great Central Railway) and LNER (London North Eastern Railway), and to a lesser extent the British Rail period (ie from 1948), which ushered in the decline of steam. We will examine how local stations were worked, with particular emphasis on Glossop Central, including passenger facilities, the range of goods moved, and the types of locomotive and other vehicles which were once to be seen at Glossop and round about.

This course has now been completed.

dinting station.jpg
Edith Cavell ~ Evening Course
Tutor: John Derry

Thursday 25th October 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7 (or £9 on the door)

Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by a court-martial and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage.

This course has now been completed.

Edith Louisa Cavell 1865-1915

Glossop's Cotton ~ 2 Mornings Course and Guided Tour
Tutor: Matthew Cox

Tuesday 6th & 13th November 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

10 am ~ 12 am   

Fee £16 (Members £14 )

Glossop was once a vibrant northern industrial powerhouse, sporting over 50 mills at its height, producing over 25 different products but specialising in all the processes of cotton.


We will explore the rise and fall of the town's cotton industry through social history with photographs, documents and personal accounts.  We will take a look at how the mills changed our landscape and how it developed the town we know today. 

There will  be a free optional  guided walking tour of Glossop Mill sites on Tuesday  20th November  to accompany this course. Details to be confirmed.

This course has now been completed.

Howardtown (now 'Glossop')

A Most Wanted Man : John Le Carré,  ~ Film Day School
Tutors: Alan Sennett & Creina Mansfield

Saturday 20th October 2018

Partington Theatre, Henry Street, Glossop

10 am ~ 4 pm.  Fee: £32.50  (Members £25)

This film day school examines A Most Wanted Man, a hard-hitting John Le Carré novel and movie (Dir. Anton Corbijn). Released in 2014 and set in contemporary Hamburg, it focuses on Issa Karpov, a Chechen Muslim refuge who might or might not be a terrorist. How can his innocence or guilt be ascertained? Should a potentially innocent man be imprisoned indefinitely rather than risk further bombings?

This course has now been completed.

Royal Scandals Through the Ages ~ Evening Course
Tutor: Ed Glinert

Thursday 15th November 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7 (or £9 on the door)

Louis VIII claimed the throne of England in 1216 after landing at Thanet, taking Winchester, and controlling half the country. The only problem was he was King of France and the rest of England wasn’t having it. Two hundred years later our Henry VI was crowned King of France. That didn’t work either. The French didn’t want to know. In 1795 Prince George (later George IV) married Caroline of Brunswick. He turned up late and drunk, and after stumbling up to the altar steps, refused to repeat the vows until ordered to by his father, the King. And when he did recite the vows he did so to his mistress, Lady Jersey, rather than to his fiancée. Thank God nothing can go wrong with the royals nowadays. Ed Glinert loses his chance of a knighthood with this hilarious talk. 

This course has now been completed.

The Women's Suffrage Campaign: about so much more than the vote
Two Evenings Course
Tutor: Valerie Bryson

Thursday 22nd & 29th November 2018

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £16 (Members £14)

The ‘votes for women’ campaign was not simply a single issue campaign, and its supporters were often deeply divided.


The talk will explore:

  • The origins of the demand for women’s right to vote.

  • The complicated – and at times contradictory – arguments involved (eg some claimed the vote because women were intellectually the same as men; others argued that their special ‘womanly qualities’ should be represented).

  • The wider issues and political disagreements involved (eg militant v ‘respectable’ tactics; issues around class and socialism; issues around marriage, the family and sex – including Christabel Pankhurst’s slogan: ’Votes for Women: Chastity for Men’).

  • The implications of these debates and divisions for feminism today.

  • This course has now been completed.

Art - The Artist and the Viewer - Who Decides? ~ 5 Evenings Course
Tutor: Frank Vigon

5 Tuesday Evenings 13th, 20th, 27th Nov, 4th & 11th Dec 2018

13th Nov. venue Masonic Hall, 14 Henry St, Glossop. SK13 8BW remainder of dates the venue will be:-

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £32.50 (Members £27.50)

Week 1   What is beauty?

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

Week 2  Statuesque or moving on

An examination of how Art as a three-dimensional medium moves from the representational to the symbolic.

Week 3   Decorative or Intellectual?

A consideration of the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movement that spread across the whole western world.

Week 4   Is this really art?

From Picasso and the Modernists to installation art, how do we know it’s the real thing?

Week 5  Naked Lunch – The nude the ultimate in voyeurism?

The naked body has been portrayed by artists in a variety of mediums throughout our existence. Is this the final frontier of aestheticism or the age of bad taste?

Frank will present a series of visual essays exploring what makes art and how we should evaluate it. The series will be accompanied by numerous slides illustrating artistic output over the centuries."

Florence Nightingale ~ Saturday Day School
Tutors: Creina Mansfield & Frank Vigon

Saturday November 24th 2018

The Masonic Hall, 14 Henry Street, Glossop. SK13 8BW

10 am ~ 3 pm    Fee £32.50 (Members £25)

Florence Nightingale is one of the best-known women in Victorian medicine. She was born in Florence, Italy, in 1820 and brought up in England. Although she is best remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1853-56), Nightingale fundamentally changed the role of nursing in hospitals, and was a key figure in introducing new professional training standards.

However, many people found Nightingale difficult to work with. She regarded both military doctors and the Sisters of Mercy, Catholic nuns acting as nurses, with suspicion and in some cases outright hostility. Nightingale clashed with Sir John Hall, Principal Medical Officer, as he insisted chloroform would not be used in amputations.

This course has now been completed.

Florence Nightingale circa 1860

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