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History of the USA 1890-1920s: Continuity and Change, Prosperity and Prohibition (A13)

This course will explore American history from 1890 until the boom time of the 1920s and will chart the elements of continuity and change in a nation which was changing and evolving at a rapid pace. Issues covered include race relations especially those of white Americans and Afro-Americans, immigration and its effects upon the USA, the rise of big business and the growth of progressivism whose aim was to pass reforms to counter corruption. The boom in industry resulting from mass production and its effects upon the US economy will be explored and America’s entry and role in the First World War. Next, the roaring 20s will be examined, including the role of Jazz and cinema, the changing roles of women and the rise of gangsters including characters such as Al Capone. Finally, prohibition, America’s “great noble experiment”, will be analysed and explored and its failure explained.

Category: History (American History)
Tutor: Lorraine Schofield
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Monday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
30 Sep 2019 - 09 Dec 2019
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 16

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

History of the USA 1929-1947: The Wall St Crash, The Great Depression, The New Deal and Its Legacy and US Entry Into the Second World War (A14)

This course will explore the devastating effects of The Wall St Crash of 1929 and how it affected the US economy leading to a massive slump which had world-wide consequences. The Role of President Hoover and his inability to deal with the crisis will be examined as well as the social effects upon the American citizens including the Veterans’ march on Washington in 1932. The election of Roosevelt and his subsequent New Deal policies will be explored and the views of historians of their impact and legacy will be addressed. US foreign policy will also be examined, including the “special relationship” with Great Britain and the US entry into the Second World War following the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The course will conclude by looking at US political and world views in the immediate post war era and especially their great fear of communism.

Category: History (American History)
Tutor: Lorraine Schofield
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Monday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
13 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 17

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

Amazing Archaeology: Discoveries That Changed How We View the Past (B18)

Lost cities, rich golden treasures, hydraulic temple doors and irrigation of deserts – these are just some of the ancient wonders we will cover over our 10 weeks. Looking at examples from across the globe we will examine how inventions, technology and beliefs have shaped past human societies, and continue to influence us in the present day.

Category: History (Archaeology)
Tutor: Maggy Simms
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Tuesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
14 Jan 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
10 weeks
10:00 - 12:00 £85.00 8

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

Family History Advanced (D45)

This course helps advanced family historians analyse complex and obscure historical sources of information.

Category: History (Family History)
Tutor: Rita Greenwood
Centre: Friends Meeting House
Day: Thursday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
03 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 4
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 24

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

Progressing Your Family History (D44)

The internet has revolutionised research into family history, making the initial stages much easier. However, when the inevitable problems occur, other sources need to be used. This course will cover parish registers, probate and ‘The Parish Chest' studying samples of each but also discussing relevant websites to enable students to progress.

Category: History (Family History)
Tutor: Rita Greenwood
Centre: Friends Meeting House
Day: Thursday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
03 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
10 weeks
10:00 - 12:00 £85.00 11
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
10 weeks
10:00 - 12:00 £85.00 18

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

History: An Introduction to Folk Learning and Popular Culture (B22)

This course will introduce students to a variety of the beliefs and practices inherent in the folklore of people in a non-scientific age. Topics will include the interpretations and uses of magic, the lore of death and representations of mortality, household lore, superstitions and omens, rituals and calendar customs, the supernatural world, folk medicine and plant lore and the ‘dark’ side of fairy tales and children’s games.

Category: History (Folk History)
Tutor: Peter Watson
Centre: The Triangle Centre (upstairs room, no lift)
Day: Tuesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
01 Oct 2019 - 10 Dec 2019
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 18

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

European Languages - Words and Texts (C33)

(This course is not a repeat of the course which ran in 2018/19)

This course is for anyone who is curious about how languages relate to each other. We'll look at the history of European languages and migrations in Europe and compare and contrast examples of language. You'll learn more about how languages work and how this can help us learn languages more efficiently.

Category: History (Historical Linguistics)
Tutor: Elspeth Wardrop
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Wednesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
15 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 16

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

Who are the Celts? (C32)

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the languages, history, traditions and culture of the peoples referred to as Celtic: we will also look at examples of poems or other texts in original and translation.

Category: History (Historical Linguistics)
Tutor: Elspeth Wardrop
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Wednesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
02 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 13

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

Bolton’s Unknown Heroes: A Historical Exploration (B17)

Bolton is proud of its past, our heroes - Nat Lofthouse, Fred Dibnah and so on. But what about Constance Howarth, Denis McLoughlin, Jim Strickleton?  This course will look at Boltonians whose achievements we should celebrate (or be embarrassed by) but who most of us have not heard of. With group members help we shall explore these unknown heroes under a range of different local themes – crime, art, work, movements and so on.

Category: History (Local History)
Tutor: David Burnham
Centre: Horwich Community Centre
Day: Tuesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
08 Oct 2019 - 03 Dec 2019
8 weeks
10:00 - 12:00 £68.00 15

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.

History: House and Home (B23)

This course will look at well-to-do family living in the Lancashire Pennines c. 1600. We will examine the use of the dwelling, the daily lives and experiences of the members of the family, relationships with neighbours and other acquaintances and some typical local issues which might have affected them.

Category: History (Local History)
Tutor: Peter Watson
Centre: The Triangle Centre (upstairs room, no lift)
Day: Tuesday
Date Time Price* Spaces Left
14 Jan 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
10 weeks
13:00 - 15:00 £85.00 19

*Price when paying online; cheque, cash or BACS payments will be higher.