Autumn Programme of 

           Venue Based Courses

   October 2021 ~ December 2022


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What Did the Ancient Greeks Ever Do For Us?
Tutor: Alison Loughlin

Tuesday 5th, 12th & 19th October 2021

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

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee £20.00 Non-members £15.00 Members

A set of three interconnected lectures exploring the huge moral, political and broader intellectual legacy of the ancient Greeks.  Beginning with the pre-Socratics’ earliest attempts to rationally systematise their understanding of the world, we shall trace their influence upon two pivotal figures, Plato and Aristotle.  In the opening week, we shall focus on the development of a framework for understanding the natural world, the place of mathematics within that framework (Plato), and the role of causality (Aristotle) in the development of rational explanations.  In the weeks that follow, we shall explore the ancient Greeks’ influence upon modern moral and political thought, focusing on the concepts of virtue’ and ‘democracy’.

To the Victor the Spoils: The American Occupation of Japan (1945-1952)
Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Wednesday evening 6th October 2021

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee £7.00 Non-members £6.00 Members

A vengeful and triumphant America.  What would be the future for a humiliated and defeated country?  In fact, the US occupation was the genesis of a new era of Western-Japanese relations as the country was rebuilt and re-structured as a crucial ally in the rapidly emerging Cold War world of late 1940s – and the hot war in Korea that exploded in 1950.


Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: Representatives of the Empire of Japan on board USS Missouri 

Saving Hirohito: The Tokyo War Crimes Trials
Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Wednesday evening 13th October 2021

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

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm  Fee £7 Non-members £6 Members

The Japanese Imperial Army played a crucial role in the creation, defence and occupation of the Japanese Empire in Asia and the Pacific,  all in the name of its Divine Emperor, Hirohito.  Japan’s defeat in 1945 brought the reckoning and war-crimes trials for atrocities committed by Japanese forces and the Japanese government.  But how to save the Emperor from being tried as a war criminal?  That was a crucial and delicate political position to negotiate.  Yet it was achieved, to the benefit of American and Japanese relations.

The Devil's Decade: Literature & Politics in the 1930's
Tutors: Alan Sennett & Creina Mansfield

19th, 20th, 26th, 27th October, 2nd & 3rdNovember  2021

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

?????????? pm ~ ?????????pm    Fee £40.00 Non-members £30.00 Members


Christmas in Wood Street 1930s

The Depression (1)
Tutors: Alan Sennett

Tuesday evening 19th October, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Fascism (2)
Tutors: Alan Sennett

Tuesday evening 26th October, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Roosevelt & The New Deal (3)
Tutors: Alan Sennett

Tuesday evening 2nd November, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Orwell's  "Road to Wigan Pier" (1)
Tutors: Creina Mansfield

Wednesday afternoon 20th October, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here" (2)
Tutors: Creina Mansfield

Wednesday afternoon 27th October, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" (3)
Tutors: Creina Mansfield

Wednesday afternoon 3rd November, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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The Strange Case of British Art:
Characters in Search of an Author - 1900-1951
Saturday Day School 
Tutor: Frank Vigon

Summary to follow  – Frank will cover: the pre-war crisis of brilliance; War Artists WW1 & WW2; Inter-War Modernists; Post war figurative versus abstract; the 1951 Festival of Britain

Saturday 30th October 2021

Bradbury Community Centre,

Market Street, Glossop,?? SK13 8AR

10.00 am ~ 4.00 pm  

Fee £32.50 Non-members £25.00 Member


Roland Vivian Pitchforth 1895-1982

         Military training 1943

Poetry & Pollution:
The Prospect of a Silent Spring
Two TuesdayMornings 
Tutor: Barry Wood

Tuesday evening 9th & 16th November 2021

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

10.30 am ~ 12.30 pm  Fee £14 Non-members,  £12 Members

Climate change, deforestation, the pollution of rivers, seas and the air we breathe in natural and urban environments, ecological devastation: apart from a few deluded doubters and deniers, is there any serious question that we face an existential crisis concerning the survival of the planet?  We tend to think of the issues as only recently recognised, but Rachel Carson in The Sea Around Us (1950) and Silent Spring (1962) raised the questions about pollution and the destructive force of modern technologies, industrialisation and the commercial exploitation of natural resources which continue to resonate with contemporary environmental debate and activism.  How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea? Can poets and poetry make anything happen: warn, make aware, activate and intervene?

The purpose of this course will investigate what is after all, a global crisis, through the eyes and insights of mainly British poets from Plath and Hughes to Robert Minhinnick and Alice Oswald.  The poetry will often focus on what we have lost, or are losing, but it may also remind us of the obligation to endure and protest.

From Ancient Tracks to Modern Highways
Wednesday Morning Lecture
Tutor: Judith Wilshaw

Wednesday morning 10th November 2021

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

10.00 am ~ 12.00 pm  Fee £7 Non-members £6 Members

Our ancestors moved about the area on routes which formed the basis of our modern footpaths.  Then along came the Romans and laid out a network of such well-engineered roads that they lasted without little maintenance for the next thousand years plus.  By the 17th Century repairs really were needed and the Turnpike System went some way to effecting the necessary improvements.  But the required tolls were unpopular and did not bring in enough revenue to keep the roads in good repair, so gradually highway authorities were established, leading to our modern road system.  This talk will explore evidence extant locally of every phase of the development.


                                 Roman Bridge Marple

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