Adult learning in the Library for 2016

As in other years Monday in the Library is for adult learning classes. Please see below for the 2016 programme.

  • Dr Jackie Bower will be the tutor for all courses
  • For booking/enquiries please email Places are limited so booking is essential.
  • Payment is by cheque, payable to Kent Archaeological Society, on the first day of term

Summer 2016

History Makers of Kent, c1600-c1900

Monday mornings 10:15 – 12:15; six meeting from 18 April 2016 at a cost of £40. This class will look at the lives and achievements of a selection of men and women from Kent who have made a contribution to the history of the county or the nation.

Empire to Commonwealth, 1900-1960

Monday afternoons 2:00 – 4:00; six meetings from 18 April 2016 at a cost of £40. When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, arguably the British Empire was at its height.  Over the next sixty years demands, for independence from the colonies and through financial limitations at home, made it impossible for Britain to maintain its position as an imperial power.  This class will look at the process whereby the British Empire evolved into a Commonwealth of independent nations.  Topics will include South Africa; independence and partition of India; the Suez crisis.

Autumn/Winter 2016-2017

England in the Stuart period, 1603-1688

Monday mornings 10:15 – 12:15; twenty meetings from 19 September 2016 and from 9 January 2017 at a cost of £60 for each ten-week term. This class will study the religious controversies of the seventeenth century, the causes of the Civil War, the restoration of the monarchy and the eventual accession of Protestant William and Mary.  The class will also look at economy and society in the seventeenth century, with special reference to Kent and the lives of ordinary people.

Victorian London

Monday afternoons 2:00 – 4:00; twenty meetings from 19 September 2016 and from 9 January 2017 at a cost of £60 for each 10-week term. In the Victorian period, London was the greatest city in the world.  It was the heart of a vast empire; a major seaport, with all the accompanying trades and services; a centre of manufacturing; and a seat of government.  Meanwhile, authorities sought solutions to the problems of local government, health and housing, created by London’s millions of inhabitants.