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

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Reading Latin Literature with

Margaret Thorpe

Roman inscription

Roman inscription

Would you like to read some of the Odes of Horace 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.

You will have the chance to study the content and style of the poetry and at the same time to revive your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary!

The tutor will help you to purchase the text we shall be using.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, SY1 1LH

Date: Tuesdays 19th September to 5th December (No classes on October 10th and 17th) 2017

Time: 9.45 – 11.00 a.m.

Cost: £80.00

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Meet the Romans

with Martin Thorpe

This course aims to provide an introduction to the history and culture of Ancient Rome and is based around the lives of some of its most famous (and infamous) characters – real and fictional. As well as their real life achievements or their role in outstanding works of literature, these figures all reveal something about Roman values and social assumptions. No knowledge of Latin is required.

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 education courses locally.

Where:   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH

Date:     Tuesdays- September 19th – November 21st 2017 (no class on 10th and 17th Oct)

Time:     2pm-3.30pm

Cost:       £70 (includes refreshments)

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Small Latin and less Greek:

English literature and the Classics.

Adult education course with Martin Thorpe

Join tutor Martin Thorpe on this short week course as we consider the influence on English literature of the literature of Greece and Rome.

Some of the topics we may consider include:

  • How much Latin and Greek did English writers know in the original and what authors did they read?
  • How much can you get out of a translation?
  • ‘Latin is a language as dead as dead can be’. What makes a language dead? Are the Classics dead? When did they die?
  • How does the influence operate? Translation, inspiration, imitation & parody
  • The literary traditions: epic, tragedy, satire, lyric, comedy, history all have their origins in Greece or Rome. What about the novel? the film?

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

Date:     Thursdays: 2nd 16th 30th November 2017

Time:   10am-1pm

Cost:     £45.00 ( includes refreshments )

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HOUSE HISTORY at Shropshire Archives

starting in November 2017

Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating but can also be time consuming and possibly frustrating. Old buildings have often been altered and since documents rarely give a date of construction, it is unusual to be able to date a house accurately. Finding out about your house is like reading a good detective story and, though there may be a few dead ends along the way, this six-week course will give you the opportunity to discover the wealth of documents available at Shropshire Archives and will help you in your own research.

We will start the course by showing examples of completed house histories; viewing the original documents used in undertaking their research, including maps from 19th and 20th century, census, directories and taxation records; photographs, newspapers and wills.

You will find out about other available source materials in order to get the answers you are looking for, whether that is to find out more about the actual building or the people who lived in it and how the local community developed.

During the course there will be opportunities to make a start on your own house history and have support in using the archive’s catalogues, indexes and other finding aids, to discover the stories of the property or community you have a personal interest in.

When: 6 sessions : Mondays – 6th Nov & 13th Nov & 20th Nov & 27th Nov & 4th Dec 2017 plus one extra session to be booked in December to be arranged during the course.

Where: Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Time:   2pm-4pm   Price:   £60.00

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Embroideries of the Corbet Bed

A practical day course

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.

When:   Friday 24th November 2017

Time:     10.30-3.30   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:     Ladies from the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

Cost:      £30.00 (includes refreshments)

All abilities welcome: The course will be run as two groups.

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

Group 2( for those who have completed the slip)  Having completed your slip you will learn how to finish your embroidery and then apply it to fabric for use or display

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Reading Roman Tombstones with Margaret Thorpe

This short course is designed to show you how to decipher a Roman tombstone. After the tutor has introduced some of the information you need to know, you will be looking at examples in the Roman gallery. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

Margaret Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge, specialising in Ancient History. She has much experience of teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation to adults in Shrewsbury.

 

When: Tuesday 28th November 2017

Time:   2pm-3.30pm

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:   Margaret Thorpe

Cost:     £16 (includes coffee/tea)

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READING LATIN INSCRIPTIONS with Margaret Thorpe

 

This course will help you to read simple Latin Inscriptions on buildings and monuments and to put them into their historical context. Examples will be taken from Pompeii, Rome and Roman Britain. During the morning we shall go into the Roman gallery to study the Forum inscription from Wroxeter.

No knowledge of Latin is required.

Margaret Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge, specialising in Ancient History. She has much experience of teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation to adults in Shrewsbury.

The tutor will supply worksheets with the inscriptions to be studied.

 

Where: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Cost: £16 (includes coffee/tea)

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