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12th July - 8th August 2020

Adult Courses

Landscape and Architecture

From Wiltshire's Neolithic landscape to exploring the region's churches and everything in between, this year's courses have something to suit all lovers of the natural and man-made landscape and the architecture therein. Where applicable, all entry fees and transport costs are included in the course price.

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Ten More Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers You Should Have Heard of

Ten More Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers You Should Have Heard of

New for 2020

COURSE No. 120

TUTOR: Mike Hope

This course pushes to the fore another ten little-known individuals, who are, at the very least, outstanding exponents in their field and, at best, examples of true genius. Each session explores and contextualises the work of two creatives working during the late 19th and early 20th century, including José Benlliure y Gil, Winifred Knights, Auguste Perret, Janis Rozentāls, George Herbert Tyson Smith, Albert...

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Cathedrals and Major Churches Close up and in Detail

Cathedrals and Major Churches Close up and in Detail

New for 2020

COURSE No. 121

TUTOR: Mike Hope

Visit cathedrals and churches across the region with a view to gaining, through comprehensive and detailed tours of each site, their monuments, stained glass, libraries and related buildings, a complete overview of the architectural, artistic and stylistic developments of the past 1,100 years. Discover how fan vaulting, a West Country speciality, developed and spread as well as viewing a large range of stained...

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The English Village: Walks Through a Dozen Wiltshire Villages

The English Village: Walks Through a Dozen Wiltshire Villages

COURSE No. 122

TUTOR: Adrian Woodford

By the 8th century, the village had become the principal settlement type in southern England. Hilltop forts, hamlets, isolated farms and Great Halls were slowly abandoned. The great Roman towns and cities struggled to reclaim their dominant position in the geography of southern England. Instead, the village, surrounded by open fields and equipped with a blacksmith, an inn, a so-called 'Big House' and...

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Walking Wansdyke

Walking Wansdyke

COURSE No. 123

TUTOR: Adrian Woodford

In the largely undocumented days between the departure of the Romans and the settlement of England by Saxons, Angles and Jutes, a dyke, with its ditch facing north, was constructed across the Wiltshire Downs. Long stretches of the eastern bank of this wall, named by the Saxons 'Woden's Dyke' or 'Wansdyke' survive, running across the open expanses of the Marlborough Downs. During...

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More Digging up the Past: Archaeology Out and About

More Digging up the Past: Archaeology Out and About

COURSE No. 124

TUTOR: Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger

This exciting course will give archaeology enthusiasts a chance to explore a range of historically significant places and landscapes guided by a local expert. The first day of the course is classroom based and will introduce the main chronological themes that you will explore for the rest of the week: prehistoric symbols of power, prehistoric ceremony and ritual, Iron Age settlement and...

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Art on the Edge

Art on the Edge

COURSE No. 125

TUTOR: Avis Lloyd

If you enjoy visiting churches and want to know more about their architecture and art, then this is the course for you. During the week, you will explore the art and architecture that marks the divisions of time and space. You will cover the elaborate portals of the 12th century Renaissance, medieval ideas about Earth, the edge of space and the cosmos,...

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Getting to Know the North Wessex Downs

Getting to Know the North Wessex Downs

COURSE No. 126

TUTOR: Ted Hiscocks

Marlborough is at the heart of the North Wessex Downs, a nationally designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, in part, a World Heritage Site. Yet what makes the area so special? Is it the landscape or humankind's impact on it over the past 5,000 years? With talks, videos, drives and short walks, this course seeks to provide some answers while illustrating...

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Archaeology of Roman Britain

Archaeology of Roman Britain

New for 2020

COURSE No. 127

TUTOR: Gillian Hovell

Discover from an archaeologist how to see the Roman sites of Britain for yourself. By the end of the course, you will understand what happened when, what to look for and how to see the remains through an archaeologist's eyes. You will learn how to see the human story, including the aspirations behind the art, artefacts and sites that survive. You will...

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