Autumn Programme of 
           Venue Based Courses
   September 2022 ~ December 2022
                     

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Film Day - Our Man in Havana
Saturday Day School
Tutors: Creina Mansfield & Alan Sennett

Saturday 17th September 2022

Partington Theatre, Henry Street, Glossop

10 a.m.  ~ 4 p.m.  Fee: Members £25, Non-members £32.50

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Tuesday 27th September & 4th October 2022 

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £12.00 Members, £14.00 Non-members

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The Rise of Social Media
2 Tuesday Afternoons
Tutor: Georgina Gregory
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2 sessions – will cover development of social media; right to privacy?; ethical issues with some high profile examples; the dark web;  consequences of how people treat each other on social media

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Tuesday 27th September 2.30 – 4.30pm

AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA

In less than a generation, social media has evolved: from direct electronic information exchange, to a virtual gathering place and major retail platform. This session looks at how social media is defined, how it began and how it has affected our lives and the lives of those around us. We will explore how the medium evolved - looking at the earliest attempts to communicate quickly across long distances, as well as the post-war developments which led to contemporary social media and the arrival of the ‘dark web’. The session examines the social impact of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and how practices such as ‘Twitter Bombing’ and ‘Hashtagging’ are changing the nature of communication.

Tuesday 4th October 2.30 – 4.30pm

THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY

In addition to being viewed a basic human right, the right to privacy is a central issue of many mass media ethics cases. More so today with the advent of the internet and social media, where easy access to private information is leading to more opportunities for privacy to be breached. This is of particular importance in relation to rights of celebrities and public figures, most of whom are reliant on the media to further their careers.  For years, the tabloid press has made its reputation on "exclusives" involving celebrities' private lives and stars often take out injunctions against the media to prevent indiscretions being revealed. In this session we will examine notions of privacy within a historical context. Through case studies of high profile cases some of the legal considerations pertaining to leading a private life can be explored. We will also consider the complexities of privacy in an age of mass media where it is almost impossible to remain anonymous.

Monarchs, Dictators & Charlatans: God Bless and keep the Czar…. far away from us!
5 Thursday Afternoons 
Tutor: Frank Vigon

Thursday 29th September, 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th October 2022 

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £25 Members, £32.50 Non-members

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A series of five lectures examining the levers of power and the mind set of those who seek to operate them.  The motivation of this Dramatis Personae varying from an innate sense of duty to an all-consuming and narcissistic desire for self-aggrandisement.  From glory, pomp and wealth to squalid loss of reputation.  The self-sacrifice of the patriot to the selfishness of the tyrant.  The poisoned chalice of political life which so often ended in self-destruction or annihilation.  Why did they do it?

29th September – Weaponising Art 1440-1640 Henry V11 to Cromwell

6th October – Send Her Victorious – Boadicea to Elizabeth 11 – Queens Throne in at the deep end.

13th October – Hubris: A Study of Prime Ministerial Power – The Greasy Pole

20th October – The “Grate” Dictators – Was it something in the water?

27th October - School for Scandal – Politicians in a state of disgrace

The Fatal bombing of New Mills & Hayfield
Tuesday Evening Lecture
Tutor: Frank Pleszak

Tuesday 11th October 2022 

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, Non-members £9.00

July 2022 was the 80th anniversary of the fatal bombing of New Mills and Hayfield in which two German bombers also bombed a quarry in Stoney Middleton and machine-gunned Chatsworth House.  They had unsuccessfully tried to attack a propeller factory in Bolton but couldn’t find it.  They made their getaway over Manchester and Stockport before dropping bombs on the Derbyshire villages of New Mills and Hayfield.  They were eventually shot down over Lincolnshire by Spitfires of the most famous Battle of Britain fighter squadron – 303 Polish Squadron.

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Springvale Road, Hayfield bomb damage, 1942 

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‘Man is wolf to man’ in the Tudor Court as personal desires intersect with politics and religion.  The King needs a male heir and so wants to annul his twenty year marriage in order to marry Anne Boleyn.  The lowly-born Thomas Cromwell is given the task of making this possible, despite opposition from the papacy and the political establishment.  How he sets about doing this re-shapes England.

 

It would be advantageous, but not essential, to have read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (2009)

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Saturday Day School
Tutor: Creina Mansfield & Michael Tunnicliffe

Saturday 15th October 2022 

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

10.00 am ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £25 Members, £32.50 Non-members

The High Peak Dambuster
Tuesday Evening Lecture
Tutor: Frank Pleazak

Tuesday 18th, October 2022 

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

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A chance discussion with a neighbour turned into an incredible journey of discovery for Frank into what really happened during the most famous of all wartime stories – The Dambusters.  Jack Davenport (the uncle of Frank’s neighbour) was one of the Dambusters and served as a flight engineer.  He was sadly but mysteriously killed on his way home from the Dams.  Though everybody has heard of the Dambusters, in reality most people know very little.  What is generally known is based on the 1955 film, and as good as it is, it has lots of inaccuracies and, at the time it was made, some of the details of the raid were still subject to the Official Secrets Act.  In the film, Jack’s Lancaster was shown crashing near to the Eder Dam, but in reality it had dropped its ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and managed to fly part of the way home before being shot down as it approached the Dutch border.

Frank will describe Jack’s life and the true derails of what happened on the night of the 16/17th May 1943 when he and 52 of his fellow airmen lost their lives. 

Trueman Capote - In Cold Blood
5 Tuesday Afternoon Lectures
Tutor: Creina Mansfield

Tuesday 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd November 2022 

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £25 Members, £32.50 Non-members

Creina will look at the life of this American novelist (most famous for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and focus upon two significant areas – his nonfiction work ‘In Cold Blood’, an account of the murders of a family in Kansas in 1959 and his relationship with the convicted murderers (Harper Lee, his great friend worked with him on his research). Secondly a book written by ?? which had a devastating affect on Capote’s relationships with his rich and famous friends.

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Glossop Guild in Conversation With Celia Bonner - former Director/Producer for the BBC

Thursday 3rd November 2022 

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

The Textile Collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery: from the 3rd to the 10th Century
Thursday Afternoon Lecture
Tutor: Frances Pritchard - former Curator of the Whitworth

Thursday 10th November 2022 

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

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Mass Extinctions
Thursday Evening Lecture
Tutor: Pete Webb

Thursday 17th November 2022 

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

How life on Earth suddenly blossomed out from a very limited range of forms, all with soft bodies, to a wide variety of forms with hard parts in an event called the ‘Cambrian Explosion’.  From there we might have expected that life would continue to radiate and diversify.  Instead, there were five major events where a large percentage of the forms just simply and suddenly became extinct.  Pete Webb will look at those events and their causes and speculate as to the future.

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Music & Film
2 Thursday Afternoon Lectures
Tutor: Tim Mottershead

Thursday 24th November & 1st October 2022 

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm Fee: £12.00 Members, £14.00 Non-members


Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Tuesday 29th November 2022 

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

7.30pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

Lead Mining in the Peak District
Wednesday Morning Lecture
Tutor: Judith Wilshaw

Tuesday 6th December 2022 

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

10.00am ~ 12.00 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

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Led ore has been mined in the limestone area of Derbyshire since prehistoric times and work continued until the mid-twentieth century, controlled by a set of unique laws which were ‘ancient in 1235’.  This talk explores geology of the ore field and nature of ores, mining methods and control, and how to recognize mining remains in the landscape.