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Reading Branch

Short Courses and Study Days in Reading Autumn 2011 and Spring/Summer 2012

Workers’ Educational Association Registered Charity No: 1112775


Welcome to the WEA Reading Branch programme for 2011-12 If this is the first of these brochures that you’ve seen, our volunteer committee hopes you’ll be as pleased with your discoveries as our already large and growing band of regular students. If you’ve been on previous courses, we hope you will find new courses from favourite tutors and on favourite subjects, and that you will also consider subjects we’ve not been able to cover before and from tutors who are new to us. For example, we’re delighted that the recent Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd Richard (now Lord) Harries will offer a study day, “Themes in Christian Art”. Dr Mark Anderson brings an interesting speciality in archaeology and anthropology. A short course in the history of IT brings perspective to a period many of us have lived through, and another in extreme weather may resonate for the many of us who have had friends or relatives in recent areas of natural disaster. And there’s lots more. As a two-year-old toddling into our third year, your committee is proud to be offering many more courses and study days even than last year, and to find that WEA Reading is already the third biggest WEA branch in the country. You can help sustain this success by telling your friends about these courses. Thank you to all who last year took a supply of brochures to your local library or club, or put them through doors in your street. Thanks as always to the tutors who inform and delight us, and to all those who make this happen. If you would like to join in this (mostly) happy work, do contact us (no obligation!). If you decide on a course, please read “How to Book” even if you have done it before. There are changes. Particularly, it will help us a lot with our administration if you try to book at least 4 weeks before your course starts. We are not the only providers in Reading of cultural short courses for adults. We thank the other providers, and particularly our friends in New Directions, Oxford Continuing Education, and neighbouring WEA branches for a co-operative effort which benefits people across the region who (like us) want to understand the world better.

Paul Kingston

WEA Reading, 27 Derby Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5HE

Chairman

Telephone: 0118 946 4137 Email: WEAreading@googlemail.com

About the WEA The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is Britain’s major voluntary adult education organisation and aims to interest people in their own continuing education as a means to personal development and fulfilment. Classes are informal and open to all. It has no political or religious ties and is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusive learning. Cover image of Caversham Court by Edward Lever / picturesofengland.com See p.9 for related course: Caversham 100 Years On. Richard Wilson, a qualified Blue Badge Guide, also offers courses that explore the vicinity. See p.4 for Thames-side Town Walks and p.15 for Reading Town Walks.

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Autumn Daytime Courses African Archaeology: From Caves to Capitals

Mon from 26 Sep

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Singing From Scratch

Mon from 26 Sep

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Thames-side Town Walks

Mon from 26 Sep

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You never thought you could do it! How to write creatively

Mon from 26 Sep

4

Looking at Paintings (2011 Autumn)

Tue from 27 Sep

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An Introduction to Film

Tue from 27 Sep

5

English Poetry: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the 1st World War

Tue from 27 Sep

5

Leonardo: His Art and Times

Wed from 28 Sep

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The Making of Modern Reading: 1945 to the Present Day

Wed from 28 Sep

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An Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Wed from 28 Sep

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Romantic String Concertos from Beethoven to Berg

Wed from 28 Sep

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Democracy and Dictatorship: Developments in European History since 1789

Thu from 29 Sep

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Well Heeled London: Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington

Thu from 29 Sep

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English Country Churches

Thu from 29 Sep

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Pop Art and the Art of the '60s

Sat 24 Sep

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Sat 8 Oct

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Themes in Christian Art

Sat 15 Oct

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The Art of Naples and Southern Italy

Sat 29 Oct

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Early Music

Sat 5 Nov

8

Caversham 100 Years On

Sat 12 Nov

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Art and Music of the Baroque Era

Mon from 16 Jan

9

Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe

Mon from 20 Feb

9

Art after 1945

Tue from 17 Jan

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Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction

Tue from 17 Jan

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What’s Funny about Comedy? Classic Hollywood Comedy and Beyond

Tue from 17 Jan

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The Art of Germany: Renaissance to Modern

Wed from 18 Jan

10

Architecture and Urban Development in Britain: the 1950s and '60s; Decades of Change

Wed from 18 Jan

10

Great Prime Ministers of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

Wed from 18 Jan

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Commemorating the Dead: Burial Grounds, Graveyards and the Victorian Cemeteries of London

Thu from 19 Jan

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Hot, Wet and Windy: Extreme Weather, its Causes and Consequences

Thu from 19 Jan

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Saving Rome 1420 - 1530

Thu from 19 Jan

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Legend and Myth in Opera

Fri from 20 Jan

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Autumn Study Days

Spring Daytime Courses

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An Introduction to Science for the Unscientific

Fri from 2 Mar

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Spring Study Days The English Madrigal

Sat 4 Feb

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Town Churches

Sat 11 Feb

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Islamic Architecture: An Introduction

Sat 25 Feb

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English Song from Butterworth to Britten

Sat 3 Mar

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English Country Houses in the Twentieth Century

Sat 10 Mar

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Picture This: People and Places in Art and Photography

Sat 17 Mar

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Printing in Relief

Sat 24 Mar

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The Nature of Morality

Mon from 23 Apr

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Victorian Country Houses of Berkshire

Mon from 23 Apr

14

Ancient Art: From Sumer to Nineveh and Babylon

Tue from 24 Apr

14

Reading Town Walks

Tue from 24 Apr

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An Introduction to Medieval Art

Wed from 2 May

15

Ancient Egypt: The Formative Years

Wed from 25 Apr

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Schubert and His Music

Wed from 25 Apr

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Looking at London’s Great Markets - Smithfield, Leadenhall and Billingsgate

Thu from 26 Apr

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Reading Writers and the Local Literary Scene

Thu from 26 Apr

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Prize Winning Architecture

Thu from 26 Apr

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Understanding the Sistine Chapel

Sat 21 Apr

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Astronomy: Our Search for the Unexpected

Sat 12 May

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The Romantic Ballet

Sat 12 May

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Painting the Weather

Sat 26 May

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English Romanticism and the East: A Musical Journey

Sat 9 Jun

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The Georgian Country House: Basildon Park

Tue 12 Jun

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Summer Daytime Courses

Summer Study Days

How to Book Your Courses Please see the details on pages 19 and 20 of this brochure. Venue maps are on page 20 and 21, with booking forms on page 22.

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Daytime Courses

Autumn Term 2011 African Archaeology: From Caves to Capitals C3731281

MON AM Tutor: Mark Anderson This course offers a broad introduction to the archaeology of the African continent. Incorporating the latest archaeological research we focus on areas south of the Sahara to explore the development of African culture and societies from the emergence of modern humans to the beginnings of European colonisation. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Monday mornings, starting 26 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Singing From Scratch C3731193 MON PM Tutor: Chris Skidmore Singing is not a mystery but as natural as speaking: however, like riding a bicycle, it is a matter of confidence. This course is for those who want to gain confidence in singing and to enhance their enjoyment of it. You will learn more about how your body is involved in singing. A part of each session will involve just singing for fun. All are welcome. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 26 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Thames-side Town Walks C3731194 MON PM Tutor: Richard Wilson The Thames between Oxford and Windsor has many interesting and varied towns along its banks. This first series of five walks, varying in length between ¾ of a mile and 2 miles, will visit and explore the architecture and history in turn of Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Pangbourne and Henley. All are easily accessible by car or public transport. ♦ Richard Wilson is a qualified Blue Badge Guide. Place: Various Assembly Points, to be confirmed, Date: 5 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 26 September 2011 Fee: £45.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

You never thought you could do it! How to write creatively C3731197 MON PM Tutor: Gill Smith Have you ever wondered if you could write - if only you could work out what to write? This course takes you through all the basics of creative writing, introducing a wide range of mediums and styles, to help you discover what you enjoy writing, and where your talents lie. This could be the start of a lifelong passion! Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 26 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

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Looking at Paintings (2011 Autumn) C3731202 TUE AM Tutor: Sandra Smith Have you ever wondered about Mona Lisa’s smile, or why Monet painted his water lilies the way he did? This course will begin to answer these questions and many more. We will examine what paintings are made of, how they are composed, how colour is used and how and why different subject matter such as portraits, religious pictures and landscapes appear the way they do. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday mornings, starting 27 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

An Introduction to Film C3731199 TUE PM Tutor: David Foster This course combines broad overviews with focused case studies to provide a general introduction to the main areas in Film Studies, covering the history of the cinema, film production and technology, genre, the elements of a film text, critical approaches to film, authorship and style, and the role of the viewer. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 27 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

English Poetry: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the 1st World War C3731201 TUE PM Tutor: Stephen Andrews With its mixture of romantic ardour and bittersweet sensitivity, late Victorian and Edwardian poetry reflected a hankering for a more heroic age of medieval knights where nature ruled and there were well defined moral certainties. We shall study Pre-Raphaelite poets like Rossetti, the tougher world of nature in Hardy’s poetry, Tennyson’s heroic verse, and on to the changing moods leading up to the First World War, including the work of Housman and Rupert Brooke. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 27 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Leonardo: His Art and Times C3731206 WED AM Tutor: Dalila Castelijn To coincide with a major exhibition of Leonardo’s paintings at the National Gallery, this course explores the artist’s work in the context of his times. From his training in Verrocchio’s workshop, to his career at the court of Milan and in Florence we shall discuss the content, style and technique of his acknowledged masterpieces and also lesser known works. We shall look at the artists who influenced him and those who were influenced by him, as well as discussing his patrons and artistic rivals. A visit to the exhibition will be included. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 28 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

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The Making of Modern Reading: 1945 to the Present Day C3731210 WED AM Tutor: Margaret Simons Reading in the 21st century is a very different town from the one that emerged following the years of post war austerity. It quickly shed much of its Victorian character, not so quickly lost its renowned ‘3Bs’ (beer, bulbs and biscuits) and as we shall discover entered a period of transition before ambitious plans created the vibrant town we know today. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 28 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

An Introduction to Ancient Egypt C3731203 WED PM Tutor: John Billman In this introduction to one of the world's great civilizations we will trace the emergence of the great Pharoahs, look at the development of the iconic Giza pyramids and who built them, journey through the cultural peak of the Middle Kingdom, and on to the Egypt of Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great. We shall consider the people, places, ideas and events that helped make Ancient Egypt unique. ♦ John Billman is Chairman of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (TVAES). For further information about TVAES activities visit the website: www.tvaes.org.uk Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 28 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Romantic String Concertos from Beethoven to Berg C3731208 WED PM Tutor: Anthony Short Lyrical, stormy, noble, introspective, stark, voluptuous...We are all moved by the familiar sounds of the concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Elgar…Yet how much do we really know about the fascinating backgrounds to these great Romantic string works? What, for instance, links a 'pact with the devil' to the 'memory of an angel'? To find out, come along to this new course, which will illuminate not only the seminal concertos but also some gloriously rich and unaccountably neglected concertos from the Romantic era. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 28 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Democracy and Dictatorship: Developments in European History since 1789 C3731211 THU AM Tutor: Roger Facer This provocative course asks the question whether democracy is the best form of government and dictatorship the worst and, if so, why? Is there a price to be paid for democratic freedoms in terms of good governance, or does freedom itself ensure it? The history of France, Germany, Russia, Spain and Italy, as well as Britain, over the past two centuries may suggest some answers. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 29 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

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Well Heeled London: Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington C3731213 THU AM Tutor: Val Pretlove A chance to learn about and visit some of the premier parts of London’s West End. Once a small fishing village beside the church, Chelsea became a favoured place for mansions, followed by brick terraces, and later attracted a lively artistic community. Kensington grew up around the parish church of St. Mary Abbots; from the 1690s it attracted royal residents and in 1851 the Great Exhibition changed the area again. Knightsbridge, centred on a bridge over the nearby River Westbourne, was generally an area of inns, taverns and duelling before it became the fashionable address it is today. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 29 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

English Country Churches C3731212 THU PM Tutor: Keith Hasted Country churches are perhaps the most significant works of architecture in towns and villages throughout England. This course will examine the form, function and decoration of these buildings, erected to the glory of God through the ages. We shall examine English medieval church building in the Norman and Gothic periods, including examples in Berkshire, and then consider later designs, including the revivalist styles of the nineteenth century. A church visit will be included. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Thursday afternoons, starting 29 September 2011 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Study Days

Autumn Term 2011 Pop Art and the Art of the '60s C3731351

SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Sandra Smith Although often thought of as an American movement, Pop Art actually originated in England. This study day will complement the exhibition of early 1960s memorabilia at Reading Museum by exploring the formation of Pop Art as a concept and by investigating some of its iconic works. We will also have the exciting opportunity to see and handle some of the Pop art inspired prints held in the museum collection as well as spend time in the exhibition itself. Place: Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Date: Saturday 24 September 2011 Fee: £32.00 Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Ralph Vaughan Williams C3731215 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones Vaughan Williams was undoubtedly a 'late starter', and produced little of lasting value until he was in his thirties. But he found his 'voice' quickly thereafter, as will be seen from the works we shall explore during this study day, including 'Towards the Unknown Region', 'A London Symphony', the 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' and the songcycle 'On Wenlock Edge'. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 8 October 2011 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Themes in Christian Art RC004 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Richard Harries Three major themes in Christian art will be considered in this study day, focusing on the representation of Jesus himself, the Passion and the Resurrection. Many of the most powerful and moving representations are from the early period and this will be reflected in the choice of images. Professor Harries will seek to relate the changing iconography both to the artistic styles of the time and to the developing insights of Christian theology. ♦ The Rt Revd Richard (now Lord) Harries was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006. He is currently Gresham Professor of Divinity and also Honorary Professor of Divinity at King's College, London. He is author of "The Nativity in Art", "Art and the Beauty of God" (Mowbray) and "The Passion in Art" (Ashgate). Place: Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB Date: Saturday 15 October 2011 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

The Art of Naples and Southern Italy C3731216 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Diana Matthews The area south of Naples comprises 5 regions of modern Italy, each the product of many great invading civilizations: Greeks and Romans, Normans, Angevins, Habsburgs and Bourbons. All this makes for a rich and fascinating culture, which we shall seek to understand and appreciate in this absorbing study day. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 29 October 2011 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Early Music C3731204 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Robert Carrington Thanks to the pioneering works of a number of musicians and scholars such as the latelamented David Munrow, early music, the music of the mediaeval and Renaissance periods, is no longer the sole preserve of the scholar. This study day will explore a wide variety of musical forms: dance, church, instrumental and madrigals in a way that is both informative and entertaining. No previous knowledge is required, only a willingness to be immersed in the glories of composers such as the Gabrielis, the scandalous Gesualdo, Obrecht, Monteverdi and the composers of the first English Renaissance: Tallis, Byrd and Morley. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 5 November 2011 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Caversham 100 Years On RC003 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Margaret Simons As 2011 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of Caversham into the borough of Reading, why not come along to an event that celebrates the heritage of ‘the village’? The day will be based around a series of themes looking at the history of Caversham and some of the personalities who enlivened its past, and will include talks, displays, audio visual entertainment and undoubtedly a chance to share your memories. Whether you are a local or someone who just wants to find out more, the day will offer plenty of opportunity and enjoyment to all comers. Place: St. Andrew's Church Hall, Albert Road, Reading RG4 7AW Date: Saturday 12 November 2011 Fee: £25.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Daytime Courses

Spring Term 2012 Art and Music of the Baroque Era C3731209

MON AM Tutor: Glenis Kerr Elliott & Chris Skidmore The Baroque emerged in Italy in the early 17th century and spread throughout Europe and even to South America. It was exuberant and theatrical, able to express grand aspirations for kings, courtiers and popes. Ornamentation was there in music but also a concentration on the soloist and the development of dissonance and chromaticism. The course will focus on Counter-Reformation art and music and the building of great edifices; palaces and churches, including Wren at St Paul’s and the gardens of Versailles; Monteverdi’s operas and Purcell’s masques; Bernini’s sculpture, Caravaggio’s paintings and Vivaldi’s concerti. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Monday mornings, starting 16 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe C3731214 MON PM Tutor: Guy Hurst Though our Solar System of the Sun and Planets is nearby it is astonishing what is still being discovered there, both by professionals and amateur astronomers. This course aims to bring you the latest exciting developments, and will also assess key findings about other stars in our Galaxy, offering practical guidance on observing along the way. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 20 February 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Art after 1945 C3731217 TUE AM Tutor: Sandra Smith The Second World War changed the world and art changed with it. This course will explore the major art movements in the last 70 years, notably Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art and Post Modernism. British art will play a significant role; we shall seek to appreciate and understand the work of key artists such as Bacon, Hockney, Riley, Caro, Gormley and the younger generation, including Hirst and Emin. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday mornings, starting 17 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

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Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction C3731218 TUE PM Tutor: Mark Anderson This course offers a broad introduction to the theory and practice of cultural anthropology. From the concept of cultural identity to the complexities of race and religion, we explore key aspects of the study of humanity. We also discover how these themes underlie and inform related disciplines like archaeology. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 17 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

What’s Funny about Comedy? Classic Hollywood Comedy and Beyond C3731219 TUE PM Tutor: Ceri Hovland We’ll look at studio period Hollywood comedies like ‘Bringing up Baby’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, Charlie Chaplin and Marx Brothers classics. We’ll consider the difference between Romantic and Comedian Comedy and the relationship between gag and narrative. We’ll think about what makes something funny and the films’ more serious dimensions. Finally, we’ll place the films in their historical context, and contrast them with some contemporary films. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 17 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

The Art of Germany: Renaissance to Modern C3731223 WED AM Tutor: Dalila Castelijn This course provides an introduction to the rich variety of art produced in Germany from the 15th to the 20th century: Durer’s prints and Riemenschneider devotional altarpieces; Baroque sculpture and 19th century paintings by Runge and Friedrich; Expressionist works and satirical images by Grosz and Dix. Examples will be studied in terms of content, style and technique, whilst making reference to the cultural context, including geography, religion and politics. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 18 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Architecture and Urban Development in Britain: the 1950s and '60s; Decades of Change C3731205 WED PM Tutor: Richard Wilson The 1950s and '60s saw the heyday of modern architecture and town planning in Britain. Why was this so? Did the new style reflect a new post-war society? How did society and buildings change in those decades? The answers to these questions will be sought through analysis of the architecture of the period and the extensive building developments that took place. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 18 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

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Great Prime Ministers of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras C3731222 WED PM Tutor: Kerry Renshaw Unlike our European counterparts, who experienced revolutions in 1830, 1848 and 1870, Britain made a largely peaceful adjustment to the industrial age and to mounting pressures to extend democratic participation. We shall see how Prime Ministers such as Peel, Palmerston, Gladstone, Disraeli, Salisbury and Lloyd George skilfully led disparate party groupings that maintained the country's political integrity and saw Britain extend its influence to every corner of the globe. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 6 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 18 January 2012 Fee: £52.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Commemorating the Dead: Burial Grounds, Graveyards and the Victorian Cemeteries of London C3731224 THU AM Tutor: Val Pretlove Following the growth of urban population and the high death rate from prevalent disease the early churchyards of London became overcrowded. By the 19th century the problems became acute and there was recognition of the need to create large cemeteries around the cities of London and Westminster. We will discuss a number of these cemeteries, including famous examples such as Highgate, Nunhead and Kensal Green, looking at their layout, examining the styles of memorials and considering the lives of some of the people buried there. A visit will be included. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 19 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Hot, Wet and Windy: Extreme Weather, its Causes and Consequences C3731346 THU AM Tutor: Gordon Tripp Have you ever suffered from flooding, storm damage or water shortages? How did you manage in the bitter cold of 2010? These extreme weather events appear to be on the increase. But what causes them? Does climate change play a part or have we always had to live with these violent manifestations of a complex – and awesome – weather system? This course examines the meteorological background to these events, with extensive use of case studies, seeing how we can cope and looking at what the future may hold. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 19 January 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Saving Rome 1420 - 1530 C3731225 THU PM Tutor: Diana Matthews Threatened by invasion, plague and internal strife, never had the Eternal City been nearer to extinction than in the early fifteenth century. This course will follow the exciting story of how Rome was saved by the vision of some remarkable popes, leading to its re-establishment as a political and cultural centre where some of the greatest works of the High Renaissance were produced. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Thursday afternoons, starting 19 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

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Legend and Myth in Opera C3731226 FRI AM Tutor: Robert Carrington This course will explore a fascinating aspect of the diverse world of opera. Ancient truths and stories have fascinated composers as diverse as Monteverdi, Mozart, Offenbach and Stravinsky. We will explore how composers from different musical periods have turned these stories into opera in both tragic and comic vein. Among other compositions, we will look at Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Gounod's "Faust", and we will also consider how composers as varied as Wagner, Verdi and Puccini were inspired by legend and myth. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 10 meetings on Friday mornings, starting 20 January 2012 Fee: £85.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

An Introduction to Science for the Unscientific C3731239 FRI AM Tutor: Chris Skidmore Science has been the predominant discipline in changing the western lifestyle over the past 50-100 years. We are ourselves part of the natural world and yet many of us fail to engage with our most assured way of understanding it better. This course will provide a gentle introduction to what scientists do and how they think, combined with a short survey of the major scientific disciplines, focussing on the question, “Why is life the way it is?” Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Friday mornings, starting 2 March 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Study Days

Spring Term 2012 The English Madrigal C3731227

SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Chris Skidmore The first English madrigals, songs in which words and music are equally important, were imported in the Elizabethan period from Italy, and today small singing groups and choral societies alike are still singing madrigals with great pleasure. This study day aims to explain what madrigals are and provide an outline of their development and cultural importance. Come along to find out more about this enduring and expressive musical form, whether you are a singer or not. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 4 February 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Town Churches C3731228 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Keith Hasted This study day will investigate the architecture of English town churches, which differ in a number of ways from more rural examples. A survey of building styles, from the medieval period onwards, will give us the basis to examine some of Reading’s own churches. The day will include a visit to one of these to assess what we have seen in the classroom. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 11 February 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Islamic Architecture: An Introduction C3731370 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Richard Yeomans Islam burst upon the world in the mid 630s and with considerable speed spread from Mecca and Medina to centres in the Near East, North Africa and Spain, Central Asia and India. Great mosques, commemorative tombs, palaces and gardens were built in major centres, including Damascus, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Cairo, Cordoba, Granada, Isfahan, Bukhara, Agra, Istanbul. This introductory course will demonstrate the rich variety of architectural interest to be found throughout the Islamic world. ♦ Richard Yeomans is author of “The Story of Islamic Architecture”, “The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo”, and “The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul” (Garnet Publishing). Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 25 February 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

English Song from Butterworth to Britten C3731229 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones The glories of the English language have proved irresistible to composers over many centuries. Yet the first half of the 20th century is still described as a 'golden era' of English song. Folk-song settings and responses to searing war poetry are among the genres we shall explore in the music of, among others, Butterworth, Finzi, Elgar and Britten. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 3 March 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

English Country Houses in the Twentieth Century C3731242 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Adam Smith In 1900 the “Stately Homes of England” seemed impregnable bastions of wealth and privilege; however by 1950 many were unwanted and unloved. We will look at how this decline occurred and how unlikely combinations of public bodies, safari parks and the Inland Revenue caused a country house renaissance by 2000. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 10 March 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Picture This: People and Places in Art and Photography C3731244 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Sandra Smith In this innovative study day we shall compare and contrast how artists and photographers treat their subjects. What is real and what is imagined? How does the creative vision manifest itself in these differing art forms? The artist’s eye or the photographer’s lens? This is sure to be a stimulating and thought-provoking examination of contrasting perspectives. Place: Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB Date: Saturday 17 March 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Printing in Relief RC005 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Martin Andrews To accompany the exhibition at the Reading Museum of the wildlife artist Robert Gilmor, the study day will focus on relief printing – a medium in which Gilmor excels. Emphasis will be on ‘hands on’ with an opportunity to handle and examine examples of prints and even to try your hand at printing. The day will start with a brief survey of the history of printing images from fifteenth-century woodcuts, the flourishing of wood-engraving in the nineteenth century and more modern techniques such as linocutting, rubber stamping and nature printing. Examples from the work of Gilmor will be discussed as well as material from the Museum’s collections. In the afternoon we will take prints from a variety of blocks and you will have an opportunity to cut your own. Place: Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Date: Saturday 24 March 2012 Fee: £32.00 Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Daytime Courses

Summer Term 2012 The Nature of Morality C3731246

MON AM Tutor: Richard Rowland What are we doing when we make moral claims? When we say that lying is wrong are we just saying that we don't like people lying? Or, are we perceiving that lying is wrong in the same way that we perceive that a post box is red? Are moral facts objective, and are they similar to the facts studied by the sciences? Or, are there no moral facts? Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Monday mornings, starting 23 April 2012 Fee: £60.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Victorian Country Houses of Berkshire C3731260 MON PM Tutor: Margaret Simons The country house was the symbol of money, position and wealth to the landed aristocracy and the Victorian nouveaux riches. During the nineteenth century Berkshire became an increasingly desirable place to live. With the aid of the new edition of Pevsner "The Buildings of Berkshire", which has been revised by Geoffrey Tyack, we will explore and examine the vast building projects that reflected the new wealth. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Monday afternoons, starting 23 April 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Ancient Art: From Sumer to Nineveh and Babylon C3731251 TUE AM Tutor: Sandra Smith An introduction to the art and culture of the first great civilizations in Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East – now largely synonymous with present-day Iraq. We will explore the great early cities of Ur, Uruk and Sumer through an examination of the sites and their artefacts. We will focus on the Royal Cemetery at Ur and on the great relief sculptures of Assyria including those from Nineveh, which can be examined on a visit to the British Museum. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Tuesday mornings, starting 24 April 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

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Reading Town Walks C3731253 TUE PM Tutor: Richard Wilson Reading has a fascinating history that is well worth revealing. These five short town walks will include the town centre as well as exploring areas immediately to the North, South, East and West, discussing en-route facets of Reading’s interesting historical and architectural heritage. ♦ Richard Wilson is a qualified Blue Badge Guide. Place: Outside Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Date: 5 meetings on Tuesday afternoons, starting 24 April 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

An Introduction to Medieval Art C3731255 WED AM Tutor: Dalila Castelijn Medieval art produced great riches in painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscripts and glass. Patronage was provided by church and court, often centring on objects and artifacts made for devotional purposes and displaying great delicacy and skill of manufacture. The use of gold, precious stones and intricate carving resulted in the treasures to be found, for example, in the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. A visit will be arranged. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday mornings, starting 2 May 2012 Fee: £60.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Ancient Egypt: The Formative Years C3731220 WED PM Tutor: John Billman This course will explore the cultures of Predynastic Egypt and the forces that led to the coming together of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms to form a unified Egypt under the Pharoahs. Through an examination of archaeology, history and material culture it will provide a tantalizing glimpse into an Egypt that developed hieroglyphs and a belief system that was to endure for 3000 years. ♦ John Billman is Chairman of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society (TVAES). For further information about TVAES activities visit the website: www.tvaes.org.uk Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 25 April 2012 Fee: £60.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Schubert and His Music C3731257 WED PM Tutor: Anthony Short This course will consider Schubert's unsurpassed contribution to the development of German Lieder, as well as examining his marvellous chamber, orchestral and piano music. Listeners will learn how colour and movement combine to create the essence of Schubert's gloriously Romantic melodies, which are loved by so many. They will also be brought closer to understanding why they derive such immense pleasure from this tragic genius, who died at the age of only 31. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Wednesday afternoons, starting 25 April 2012 Fee: £60.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

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Looking at London’s Great Markets - Smithfield, Leadenhall and Billingsgate C3731262 THU AM Tutor: Val Pretlove Soon after their arrival in 43 AD the Romans established the first City markets. By the 12th century the "Smooth Field" in the west of the city became a market for animals and also the home of the Cloth Fair. In the 1400s a fine merchant's house was given to the City and became Leadenhall Market where dairy products and vegetables were sold. Just downstream of London Bridge, Billingsgate became the preferred fish market from 1016. We will explore these ancient places and the nearby streets, with a visit to each market. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 7 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 26 April 2012 Fee: £60.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Reading Writers and the Local Literary Scene C3731266 THU AM Tutor: Penny Hunter Reading has a rich and marvellous literary heritage; many writers have lived in the town, such as Mary Russell Mitford and Elizabeth Taylor, or just passed through, such as Jerome K. Jerome in 1889. We will read extracts from novelists, poets and social commentators, examine the roles of booksellers and publishers, and pay particular attention to Elizabeth Waterhouse’s "The Island of Anarchy" and Oscar Wilde’s "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Thursday mornings, starting 26 April 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Prize Winning Architecture C3731264 THU PM Tutor: Keith Hasted The Stirling Prize, awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects, distinguishes some of the most imaginative and interesting buildings that have been produced since its inception in 1996. Architects including Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid have won the award. We shall look at their important designs, along with the work of the other prize winning architects. Place: Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG Date: 5 meetings on Thursday afternoons, starting 26 April 2012 Fee: £45.00 Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Study Days

Summer Term 2012 Understanding the Sistine Chapel C3731268

SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Diana Matthews With works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino and Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel contains some of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance. But how many of the thousands of visitors really understand what these works are about? In this study day we shall seek to decode the 'messages' contained in these great works and see what Sixtus IV and Julius II and their artists are really saying to us. Place: RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Date: Saturday 21 April 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Astronomy: Our Search for the Unexpected C3731349 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Guy Hurst The role of amateur astronomers in continually monitoring the night sky has always been exciting and crucial as new objects can appear quite suddenly. In this study day based at INTECH, Winchester, we discuss how UK astronomers have become world leaders in many such areas, often with co-operation from professional observatories in the UK and beyond. A planetarium presentation will be included. Place: INTECH, Telegraph Way, Winchester S021 1HZ Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

The Romantic Ballet C3731371 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Lars Franke During the age of romanticism, amidst woodland glens and glittering fairytale ballrooms, an art form came into being that seemed to defy the possible. From "La Sylphide" to "Swan Lake" we will explore the lyricism, drama, splendour, intimacy and wonderful music of the romantic ballet. Place: Randolph College, 141 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BD Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Painting the Weather C3731347 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Dalila Castelijn and Gordon Tripp This innovative study day will bring together artistic representations of the weather from great painters such as Giorgione, Turner and Monet. We shall come to understand the weather in all its moods, seeing how artists strove for more than simple realism in depicting sunshine, clouds, storms, mist and snow. Weather enthusiasts will gain much from seeing how artists bring to life the theories behind weather systems, fronts, cloud formations and rainfall. The day aims to bring together the art and the science of the weather. Place: Randolph College, 141 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BD Date: Saturday 26 May 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

English Romanticism and the East: A Musical Journey C3731372 SAT STUDY DAY Tutor: Lars Franke Fusing with the established tradition of the 'Grand Tour', a resurgent interest in antiquity and growing disillusionment with social reality, 'The East' proved to be a powerful force on the imagination of British composers. From Sullivan to Elgar and Bantock, we will explore the journeys, influences, ideas and musical works resulting from this fascination. Place: Randolph College, 141 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BD Date: Saturday 9 June 2012 Fee: £38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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The Georgian Country House: Basildon Park C3731350 TUE STUDY DAY Tutor: Adam Smith The classical elegance of a country house was appreciated by many wealthy Georgians. We will look at how the architecture of houses like Basildon Park evolved during the Georgian period and how they were planned for prestige and comfort. A tour of Basildon Park will show how the theory was practised. Place: Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR Date: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Fee: ÂŁ38.00 Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Booking Advice To book for courses, please see the details on pages 19 and 20 of this brochure. Venue maps are on page 20 and 21, with booking forms on page 22.

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How to book for WEA Reading courses Class numbers are limited. To guarantee your place and ensure there are no unnecessary course cancellations we ask you to book at least 4 weeks, if possible, before the start date of each course. Courses which are under-subscribed may be cancelled and fees refunded. To book a course and pay by credit card • Book online at http://southern.wea.org.uk/ • Book by telephone on freephone 0800 328 1060. Please have ready the course title/ID number and your credit card details. To book through the local Reading Branch and to pay by cheque • Complete the form below • Make cheques payable to WEA Reading Branch (a separate cheque for each course please). Cheques can be postdated to 1 January for Spring term courses and 1 April for Summer Term courses. • Send the completed form and cheque(s) to: WEA Reading, 27 Derby Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5HE We will confirm your booking by email and send course outlines and venue directions approximately two weeks before your course is due to start. If you prefer to receive this information by post please enclose a second class stamped addressed envelope (size A5 or 11x22cm). For further information please contact: Carole Kingston email: WEAreading@googlemail.com or Tel: 0118 946 4137 (Answerphone) Half Term Breaks Autumn Term Week beginning Spring Term Week beginning Summer Term Week beginning

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Visits Where tutors have pre-planned a visit as part of the course, this is indicated in the text. Visits may necessitate extra expenses for travel, entrance fees and the like. Financial Assistance/Learning Support For most courses, learners on an income related benefit will be eligible for a 50% fee reduction. You will be required to bring evidence, which can be shown in confidence to the tutor, before the first session of the class. Workers’ Educational Association – Registered Office: 3rd Floor, 70 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4HB. Website: www.wea.org.uk Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No: 2806910 Registered Charity no: 1112775

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Venues and How to Get There Randolph College, 141 Whiteknights Road, Reading, RG6 7BD The site is where Whiteknights Road becomes a cul-de-sac parallel with Wilderness Road. On-street car parking is available and buses serve the Wokingham and Whiteknights Roads.

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Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Evening Classes in Reading Starting again this October, the Department is offering a wide range of new evening courses at the Whiteknights site of Reading University, including 7 modern languages. With free parking available, this gives people in the Reading area easy access to Oxford University’s continuing education programme. For full details of this new programme see our website www.conted.ox.ac.uk

From October New Directions will be running a wide programme of part-time leisure courses for adults across Reading. For further information visit www.newdirectionsreading.co.uk or follow us on www.facebook.com/newdirectionsreading or www.twitter.com/_newdirections

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Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading, RG1 5SG The site is at the junction of Hamilton and Bulmershe Roads. Car parking is available and buses serve the Wokingham and Whiteknights Roads.

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RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS RISC is situated at the north end of London Street. The nearest public car parks are at the Oracle Shopping Centre and Queen’s Road.

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Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB Pedestrians can reach Church Street via an alley way from London Street. The Meeting House is situated through black iron gates. Public car parks are as for RISC, above, with some street parking available in the evenings. • •

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BOOKING FORM Name ……………………………………………………………………..…………………… Address ……………………………………………………………...……..………………… ………………………………………………………...………….………………… Postcode ………………………..Telephone …………………………...……..….....…….. Email ……………………………………………………………………………….…………. WEA Learner Number (if applicable) ………………….……...…………….…………… Course Title ……………………………………….…..............Fee .......................... Course Title……………………………………….…...............Fee .......................... Course Title ……………………………………….…..............Fee .......................... Please contact me with information about upcoming courses & news (tick as appropriate): by email…… by post………... We will not use these details for any other purpose or disclose them to third parties. Please indicate how you received this brochure (tick as appropriate): Picked it up at the library…. Through a friend ….Through the door…. At a WEA class…. Other (Please specify) :

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What would you like to study next? Your WEA Reading committee are always on the look-out for ideas for future coursestutors you would like us to invite in, subjects you would like us to open up, ideas for courses that we might suggest to our tutors. Here’s a space to jot down some of your ideas (or maybe tell us in pictures?)

Name …………………………………. Telephone Number:…………………………………………………………….. E-mail address:………………………………………………………………….. Please send your ideas on paper or by email to the WEA Reading address inside, titling your email or marking your envelope “Course ideas”.

Your committee would like to bring together groups of people who share an interest in a particular subject area, perhaps with relevant tutor(s), to think about how the subject might be developed in next year’s programme. If you might be interested to join such a group, please tell us, again under “course ideas”.

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Short Courses and Study Days in Reading Autumn 2011 and Spring/Summer 2012  

This brochures lists all the day courses and study days planned by the Reading Branch of the Workers' Educational Association. It also conta...