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 Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 here:

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Mindful Words

with Bethany Rivers

Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring course where you have the chance to explore what words mean to you, and how they can best reveal wisdom, insight and affirmation as companions for any of your life journeys. 

There will be exploration of contemporary and accessible writings and quotes, short visually-led meditations, along with access to images and installations throughout the museum and gallery.  Previous participants have commented on how much they’ve enjoyed the laughter, new friendships and fresh insights.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Fridays : Nov 9th / 16 /23/ 30 and Dec 7th 2018

10am-12pm

£65 per person

Tutor: Bethany Rivers

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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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Adult Education Courses at

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Reading Latin Literature with

Margaret Thorpe

READING LATIN LITERATURE AUTUMN 2018

Would you like to read Sallust’s account of the conspiracy of Catiline in the original Latin with an enthusiastic group and the help of a tutor? If you love Latin literature and Roman history and have studied the language for two or three years, however long ago, this course may be for you.

You will have the chance to study the history Rome when Cicero was making his name as a politician and came up against the desperado Catiline, who was plotting against the state.

We shall discuss the nature of politics in the last years of the Roman republic, as well as the style of Sallust the historian and his value as a source for the period about which he is writing.

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

The tutor will give you details of the book we shall be using.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery

Date: Tuesdays 18th September to 4th December (No classes on October 9th and 16th)     2018

Time: 9.45 – 11.00 a.m.

Cost: £80.00 per person

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

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2018-2019 Autumn and Spring Art Course

with Angela Gladwell M.A. (Royal College of Art)

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The idea for this course is to make a portrait. However, it may not necessarily be a conventional one.    We will look at the features of human faces by drawing from observation, but we will also look at the faces of animals, birds, the eye-spots of butterflies and moths (using specimens from the Ludlow Museum collection) and we will refer to the work of artists like Frieda Kahlo, Arcimboldo, the great Elizabethan black portraits, the caricatures of Hogarth, the bird men of Max Ernst, and some of the great portrait photographers.

As usual the first term will be for research through drawing and painting in preparation for the second term which will be to produce a finished portrait. Here I want to emphasise that this final piece can be anything from a conventional depiction of someone to an unconventional and inventive painting depicting any sort of character not forgetting any visual components that will serve to add to the type of person or creature that is being shown. It could be worked out as a photomontage, is it half human and half something else; is there a place for ornamental clothing, background landscape, the disguises and masks of the Venetian Carnival?

This course will suit all abilities in that as well as tuition in basic drawing and painting, we will talk about materials, and composition.

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

Autumn TermEvery Monday from 1st October 2018 for 9 weeks

Spring Term– Every Monday from 7th January 2019 for 9 weeks

Time:  10am-12.30pm or 1.30-4pm

Cost:    £100 per term ( includes tea/coffee)

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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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Willow Workshop with Wild Craftist

Come and learn how to make one of my most popular products – either the twisted willow heart or angel centrepiece – in a 2 hour workshop in the heart of the beautiful town of Shrewsbury. Either one makes the perfect rustic centrepiece or ornament for the festive season.

All materials and tools will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary. 

Cost: £30 per person

Saturday 8th December 2018

10.30am-12.30pm

Suitable  age 16+

Tutor: Ben Mayho – Wild Craftist

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Festive Wreath Making-For Carers

Wednesday 12th December 2018 1pm-4pm at

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

£4 per person

Organised by the Carerstrust- 4all- Shropshire Carers Service

Join us for a special afternoon at our festive workshop and bring back memories of childhood. Make a Christmas Wreath and decorations with seasonal greenery and natural materials from Acton Scott Estate. All materials and seasonal refreshments provided.

Tutor: Sarah Green from Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Wednesday 12th Dec 1pm-4pm

Carers: you are welcome to bring the person you care for.

Booking essential on 01743 341995

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NEW FOR JANUARY 2019

Blues workshop with Tim Daley

 

The Blues Guitar Workshop will take place at the  Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery  starting at 2p.m. for one hour every Saturday from 5th January to the 9th February ( 6 sessions – 5 students per group)  You will then have a choice to continue your development as a blues player after half term with an extended course.

The workshops are designed for adults at intermediate level and will look at a variety of aspects of blues playing from the early pioneers such as BB King, Freddie King etc… to players like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton through to Texas Blues players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and up to more modern players such as John Mayer.

The course will incorporate relevant theory so that you take away a real understanding of how the blues works and how you can use your knowledge in a variety of musical situations. Relevant tablature and theory will be provided as well as online support between lessons.

Your tutor will be Tim Daley who is a highly experienced player and fully qualified teacher. He has been playing for over 30 years and works as a guitar teacher full-time in a number of different settings as well as being endorsed by Music Bros Shrewsbury.

You will need an electric guitar and small practice amp (though this can be provided if necessary)

The cost of the course is £15 per session. Payment can be made in two deposits of £45 each: one at the start and one 3 sessions in to help spread cost. We can also refund occasional missed sessions if you are unable to attend on a particular date.

If you would like to book please contact Tim at the email address below. Furthermore, if you have any queries regarding the course do not hesitate to contact him.

[email protected]

www.timdaleyguitar.co.uk

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Latin Graffiti with Margaret Thorpe

Thursday 7th February 2019

We shall be looking at inscriptions found in Shropshire, in the rest of Roman Britain and elsewhere in the Roman world.

This illustrated presentation will form the basis of an exploration of military and civilian life in the Roman empire. No knowledge of Latin is required!

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Time: Thursday 7th February 2019 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Cost: £16 per person  (to include tea/coffee)

Tutor: Margaret Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge, specialising in Ancient History. She has a particular interest in Latin inscriptions and the part they play in telling us about the lives of ordinary Romans.

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