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: museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 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 Spring/Summer 2018 here:Whats On Guide 2018

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Fifth Century Athens

with Martin Thorpe

The 5th century BC is commonly regarded as the pinnacle of  Athenian culture. The city enjoyed success in many different fields: military, political, history, drama, art & architecture, philosophy. Yet, despite this success and starting the century with victory over the Persians, the century ended with defeat at the hands of the Spartans. We shall consider the different fields both separately and as they interact.

Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge.  He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president.  He has been tutor for a number of adult courses locally.

Where:   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH
Date:     Tuesdays- September 18th to  November 20st 2018
(no class on 9th and 16th October)
Time:      2pm-3.30pm
Cost:       £70 pp

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With Dr Paul Olver

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Through the various movements associated with plate tectonics and the resultant continental drift, Britain has spent much of its time in tropical and equatorial latitudes. We will take this journey through time and examine the distinctive and very fossiliferous limestones laid down in the warm shallow seas of the Ordovician, Silurian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Limestones are our most fossiliferous rocks and give rise to the familiar and much-loved landscapes of Wenlock Edge, the Pennines, the Cotswolds and the Downs of Southern England. Each session will introduce the characteristic fossils of the time and allow the examination of the Museum’s fossil collection supplemented by some of the tutor’s own finds. Some key identification techniques will be covered which will be invaluable on the field trip to the Oswestry area of Shropshire to be arranged after the course.

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Dates: 5 week course on Tuesdays:

             18th Sept, 25th Sept, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct & 16th Oct 2018

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost:    £60 ( includes refreshments)

Field Trip: To be arranged

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Peopling the Past- Creative Writing Class with KATE INNES

            

How can we think our way into the lives of people who lived long ago?

Looking at an old photograph, we may feel a connection to an individual and even imagine their character. But we can also re-animate past lives through portraits, belongings, houses, letters and other ephemera. By focusing on the person, the past is lived and interpreted in bold, personal and exciting ways.

When we take time to look very closely at these important remnants, they have a wealth of experience and personality to reveal. In this way, the resources can become stepping-stones – unique paths into the past.

Writer Kate Innes leads five workshops that will explore these rich pickings. With access to special artifacts and opportunities to explore buildings, photos, letters and landscapes, course participants will have the opportunity to use creative writing to find the voices of history.

Each session will last 2 ½ hours (including a short break) and will cover: Portraits, Photographs, Objects, Ephemera, Letters, and Buildings. The course will make use of the rich and varied historical environment in Ludlow and the collections of the Ludlow Resource Centre. Course participants will be encouraged to produce a variety of writing forms, including poetry, flash fiction, and may work toward a longer piece – either a short story or a chapter of a novel.

Kate Innes trained as an archaeologist and a teacher and worked as a Museum Education Officer in the West Midlands. She is also a published, prize-winning poet and the author of The Errant Hours, a medieval adventure set in Shropshire and North Wales, and the sequel- All the Winding World. Kate will provide illustrated talks, guided walks and imaginative exercises. She will also comment on work produced during the classes, and provide editorial advice.   Tutor: Kate Innes   www.kateinneswriter.com

 

Where:   Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Dates:    Wednesday x 5 weeks: 19th Sept / 26th Sept / 3rd Oct / 10th Oct / 17th Oct 2018

Time:     10am to 12.30pm

Cost:       £65 ( includes refreshments)

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Making Poems for the Archives 

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin.

Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose.

Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop leader who tutors for Arvon and The Poetry School. Her workshops are inventive and popular. She also provides advice on editing and seeking publication for the work you will be producing. www.jeanatkin.com

Cost: £67 per person

Tuesdays- 18th Sept 25th Sept 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th Oct   23rd Oct 2018  10.30am-12.30pm

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Limited numbers so please book in advance- 01743 258881 / museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Oscar Wilde: Art and Life

The Irishman, Oscar Wilde challenged late-Victorian English society through his writings, his plays, his wit, and eventually his life style. He was the great high priest of ‘Art for Art’s sake’. In face of the increasing industrialisation and urbanisation of the country, he preached a gospel of Beauty. But what is the relationship of Art and Beauty to Life and Morality? We shall read a selection of Wilde’s stories, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, essays, poems and plays to find an answer.

Tutor biography

Philip Healy is an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of Public Programmes at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. His research interests are in late Victorian and Edwardian literature, literature and religion, and literature and sexuality.

cost: £75 per person

10 x 1½ hour classes on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 – 3.30 pm.

Start date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Half-term: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Last class: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

 

Course textbook

This is a literary course. It is, therefore, essential that course members bring a text of Oscar Wilde’s works to class. The following inexpensive paperback edition in the Oxford World’s Classics series is strongly recommended: Oscar Wilde: The Major Works, ed. Isobel Murray.

Limited places- to book please contact 01743 25881 museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Summer Still Life Art Classes with Angela Gladwell

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Several still life set-ups will be provided making use of the museum specimens and artefacts and they will stay put for the whole 3 days enabling the course participants to produce a finished painting.

Please bring your painting materials of choice: oil, watercolour or acrylic and a suitable canvas, board or watercolour paper, including an easel if you have one.

All abilities welcome and there will be individual tuition from Angela Gladwell M.A. RCA

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Date:     Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th August 2018

Time:   10am-4pm

Cost:     £106 per person (tea, coffee and biscuits are provided )

To book a place please call 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Embroideries of the Corbet Bed

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

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.

There will be two groups-

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

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

 When: Friday 5th October 2018        Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm       Price: £30 pp

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery          

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

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HOMER & VIRGIL

with Martin Thorpe at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The Greeks regarded Homer as their greatest poet and epic as the highest form of poetry. The Romans in turn rated Virgil as their greatest poet and his Aeneid as their national poem.

 

We shall spend the first two sessions discussing Homer’s Iliad and Odysssey and the third on the Aeneid. 

There is no set translation – indeed, the variety of English versions may be informative – but it will help if you could have read at least some of the poems. Dryden’s version of the Aeneid and Pope’s Homer have become classics of English poetry, while Robert Fagles’ modern translations of all three epics have proved popular and are available in Penguin.

Tutor: Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president, and has been tutor for a number of courses locally.

When:   Thursdays 1st , 15th & 29th November 2018

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Time:    10am to 1pm

Cost:    £45  (includes tea/coffee)

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