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Please note we have used "courses" to broadly cover courses, lectures, exhibitions and any other single "experience", and that we only profile a small selection of courses from each provider. In doing so we hope that this will help you to discover where to explore for other similar courses, without having to wade through thousands of courses to find what you really want.

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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
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We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want


Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

Masterpieces: Clemency Burton-Hill and James Hamilton

Music and art aficionado? Spend a sublime spring evening in Sussex with violinist and arts broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill, who has created an inspirational book recommending a wonderful piece of music for each day of the year, and Gainsborough’s biographer, historian James Hamilton.

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States of Freedom – Kamila Shamsie & Neel Mukherjee

Join highly-regarded writers Kamila Shamsie and Neel Mukherjee for an hour-long exploration of states of freedom, as part of the 2018 Charleston Festival. Both authors will consider the potential of literature to allow us to unravel and understand our own reality through the prism of the lives of others.

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Sinclair McKay: Bletchley Park Brain Teasers

Put your thinking cap on and challenge yourself to some of the trickiest riddles, mind-twisting puzzles and cryptic crosswords around, with Sinclair McKay’s Bletchley Park Brain Teasers. Join the man himself in brilliant Bath this spring.

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Francis Pryor: Paths to the Past

Delve into the hidden history of the British landscape with archaeologist Francis Pryor on a spring afternoon in beautiful Bath. Pryor, a Time Team regular and historian specialising in the Bronze and Iron Ages in Britain, has spent a lifetime discovering the tales told by the land in which we live.

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The Battle of Arnhem – Military historian Antony Beevor

Whether you’re a Bath local or venturing into town from further afield, the opportunity to hear legendary historian Antony Beevor discuss his latest work about the battle of Arnhem is one not to miss. ‘Arnhem’ takes readers into the heart of Allied Operation Market Garden, a disastrous 1944 airborne battle with lasting consequences.

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Six-Week Letterpress Course

Venture to the beautiful Bodleian Libraries for a wonderful six-week Oxford letterpress course, trying your hand at setting and printing a short text over a series of spring evenings.

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‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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Poetry Writing with Don Paterson

An aspiring poet? Hone your skills and polish up your poetry writing with Don Paterson, renowned British poet, in this fabulous five-hour workshop from the Stratford Literary Festival. This is a wonderful chance to meet and work with one of our greatest living poets in a friendly, small-group setting.

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