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ACE Courses

Our programme of Monday afternoon courses in autumn and spring is for adults who have a general interest or wish to extend their knowledge in various areas, for example:

Art history and artistic techniques

Social history in its widest sense (eg. a recent course  ‘900 years of British Agriculture’)

Important international movements in art and history

History of science and medicine

You will find a welcoming group of people interested in learning about a topic in some detail over several weeks in the company of our experienced tutors. The presentations are friendly and interactive, lasting up to two hours, and are structured to allow for socialising with other ‘students’. Our courses run typically for five or ten weeks.

In the late spring and early summer, we arrange two or three group visits to historic houses, art exhibitions and other places of cultural interest.

If you would like to join our email list to receive our programme as it is released, please contact angela.butler1@btinternet.com

You will find details of how to book on each course page.

“I wasn’t sure if I would find ‘900 years of British Agriculture’ interesting for ten weeks, but now I don’t want it to finish…”

A student on a recent course

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 1. Course introduction: working with the past and how we have come to identify it; landscape, archaeology and becoming a real landscape detective.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 2. 10,000 – 2,500 BC
We look back at the landscape in the aftermath of retreating glaciers and witness the arrival of the human visitors. We review the trace evidence of the early visitors and discuss a meaningful change as semi-permanent Neolithic settlement emerged.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for 1the whole course.
Week 3. 2,500 – 800 BC
As the Neolithic period transitions into the Bronze Age we look at the people who we can really call the first settlers and farmers and consider their impact on the landscape .

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 4. 800 BC – AD 43
Agriculturally based communities began to emerge. This is the Iron Age, and we l look at the role of the hillforts and what this tells us about life during these times and the further development of the tribal landscape that began in the late Bronze Age.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curti(s for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 5. AD 43 – AD 410
We will spend two sessions on the Roman period. We explore the relationship between Roman administration and culture in town and countryside.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for 1the whole course.
Week 6 AD 43 – AD 410 Continuation
It was an important stage in the development of the landscape as the foundations for the countryside that we are used to today were being set out.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for 1the whole course.
Week 7. AD 410 – AD 1485
Until recently, the gap between the Roman and Medieval periods, was called the Dark Ages ‘ due to little being known but there is a lot that we can say about settlement and the landscape.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for 1the whole course.
Week 8. AD 1485 – AD 1837
This session looks at the post medieval landscape and in particular the way in which it was sometimes artificially changed by ambitious architects and by the early enclosure of agricultural land.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 9. AD 1837 – to present day
With enclosure still very much on the agenda, the industrial revolution also brought changes to the landscape including the construction of waterways and railways. Rapid population growth and new industries saw areas being consumed by urban and industrial sprawl.

Event Series Interpreting the Landscape

Interpreting the Landscape

Ravensthorpe Village Hall Northampton, United Kingdom

A 10 week course looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time with tutor Michael Curtis (for details click on the image). Course Fee £60 for the whole course.
Week 10. The Ravensthorpe area
The course closes with a case study of the Ravensthorpe area, embracing the topics covered within this module as we take a closer look at the development of the local landscape

How to book

To find out more about a course or to book a place please contact

Mo Cobbe on mo@mikecobbe.com or 01604 328822

Graham Metcalfe on gm@grahammetcalfe.net or 01604 740048

 

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