Adult Education

Discover more about local or family history, explore fascinating museum objects and use our buildings and collections to inspire creative activities in our Adult Education programme.

To Book or request further information on courses at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and Ludlow Museum Resource Centre contact: [email protected] 01743 258881/258884 or ask at the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH 

Download the What’s on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery guide June-December 2019  here:What’s On SM&AG June to Dec 2019.

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READING LATIN LITERATURE AUTUMN 2019

Would you like to read some of the poetry from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the original Latin with an enthusiastic group and the help of a tutor? If you love Latin literature and have studied the language for two or three years, however long ago, this course may be for you.

Ovid’s work contains many well- known Greek myths and we shall read a selection of these including the stories of Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion, and Peleus and Thetis. There will be an opportunity to discuss Ovid’s poetic style and to consider the work of later artists, poets and musicians who were inspired and influenced by Ovid.

You will also have the chance to revive your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary!

The tutor will help you to purchase the text we shall be using: Ovid Metamorphoses IX-XII ed. D.E. Hill published by Aris and Phillips. This contains the Latin text, an English translation and good notes.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Date: Tuesdays 17th September to 10th December (No classes on October 8th, 15th and 29th) 2019

Time: 9.45 – 11.00 a.m.

Cost: £80 pp

Tutor: Margaret Thorpe, who has had much experience of teaching adult classes in Latin and classical subjects in Shrewsbury.

 

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LATIN INTERMEDIATE   SEPTEMBER 2019

This class is not suitable for beginners, but for those who already have a reasonably good understanding of Latin grammar. We shall be using the Cambridge Latin Course, working through Book 5, and we should welcome some new members.

You will join an enthusiastic group following a reading course based on the archaeology and literature of the Roman world. In addition to studying the language you will also have plenty of opportunity to discuss Roman social and political life.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Dates: September 17th – December 10th (No classes on October 8th, 15th and 29th) 2019

Time: Tuesdays from 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Cost: £80 pp

Tutor: Margaret Thorpe has had much experience of teaching Latin language and literature to adults in Shrewsbury

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The Roman Empire with Martin Thorpe

At Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

In the 2nd century AD the Roman Empire stretched from Scotland to North Africa and from the Atlantic to Iraq, and its legacy continues to this day. Was it a beneficent civilising force (like the British Empire?) or a ruthless colonial force (like the British Empire?) ?

The main focus of the course will be on the period from Tiberius to Marcus Aurelius (AD 14-180) though we shall continue in outline up to the early 4th century when Constantine adopted Christianity and shifted the capital to Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul. As well as a basic narrative of events we shall consider such topics as how we know about the empire; how it was organised; how far it was ‘Roman’; how far it varied over time and from one area to another.

Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and since retirement has been a tutor for the Open University and for a number of adult courses locally.

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

When: Tuesdays: September 17th to November 26th (no class on October 8th and 15th 29th ) 2019

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Cost: £70

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED

A practical day course

Friday 6th March 2020

An image of the Corbet Bed at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery which features in the new exhibition, Uncommon Threads.

The Corbet Bed

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns,

fabrics and silks of the Tudor period and create your own sample

There will be two groups-

1.Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce your own slip to take home.

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2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a fabric for use or display.

 When: Friday 6th March 2020 Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm      

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery   Price: £30

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

To book: [email protected] or 01743 258881

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Drawing and Painting at Shropshire  Museums Collection Centre, Ludlow  2019-202

with Angela Gladwell (M.A)

Buildings and Other Constructions

                   For this course we will be looking at buildings around Ludlow, book reference, and some hand building experiments.

It is a practical course in drawing and painting suitable for all abilities, with individual tuition according to need.

As well as drawing from our local vicinity the houses, the church etc (weather permitting), we will get inspiration from inventive architects like Antonio Gaudi with his use of the natural world in his designs ( enabling us to use some of the Museum collection) ,   as well as Japanese, Indian, Chinese architecture and the wonderful vernacular buildings of different cultures.

Animal architecture can be part of our research as well. 

Our usual approach is to spend the first term in making drawings and paintings from different sources to fuel our inspiration for the second term to make a drawing or painting based on these researches.

This can take the form of a straightforward depiction of a building that has been observed either in detail or the whole, interior or exterior, or make an imaginative composition that can take any aspect of the idea of a dwelling of any kind, a construction built for any purpose, with perhaps sculptural ornamentation and of course colour.

 Where: Shropshire Museums Resource Centre, Ludlow. 7-9 Park Way SY8 2PG

When: Term One- Mondays 9 weeks starting 7th Oct to 2nd Dec 2019

               Term Two- Mondays 9 weeks starting 6th Jan to 9th March (no session 24th Feb) 2020                  Morning or afternoons available

Price: £100 per term

To book: please contact [email protected] or 01743 258881

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We also run a learning and education programme for schools and families.