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Welcome to our History section! We offer a wide range of classes for you to explore and learn from. Take a look at our selection and find the perfect fit for your interests and schedule.

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Nottingham Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Welcome to Nottinghamshire Murder Mystery and Mayhem, where we explore the dark and intriguing events that have occurred over the centuries. From murders to ghosts, legends to strange happenings, we delve into the history of Nottinghamshire and uncover the secrets that lie within. Join us as we journey time, from the th to the 19th centuries, and discover the tales of robbery in Sherwood Forest and Mansfield Road.

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Nottingham Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

through our ancestors eyes

Nottinghamshire through our ancestors eyes

The history of Nottinghamshire is best understood through the eyes of the people who lived it. By examining society and culture of the time, we can gain a deeper understanding of the events that the area. It's important to approach this history with an open mind and avoid imposing our present-day perspective on the past.

Brushstrokes of History
A look at paintings that depict important historical events or simply reveal fascinating aspects of contemporary society. This is a history course rather than an art history course but art is very much at its centre. Using examples including Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, Rubens' Massacre of the Innocents, Goya's 3rd May 1808, Picasso's Guernica, and Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergère we will examine the artists' motivation and the background to the events and scenarios portrayed. We will also focus on paintings by great women artists over the centuries from the Renaissance to the 20th century, when women were finally able to work on a level playing field with men. And we'll look at art in totalitarian regimes, particularly Stalin's Soviet Union, and how artists in those countries were put under considerable pressure to work within ideological constraints.

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Brushstrokes of History

Berlin 1814-1914
This course covers the history of Berlin in the 19th century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the First World War. We'll also look at how Berlin grew in importance over preceding centuries. We’ll look at major changes in the layout of the city and the growth of the railways which allowed industrial expansion, and how the city was "modernised" in other ways, with many new building projects. Also covered are cultural developments; political events, including the revolution in 1848 which briefly saw the creation of a German empire for all German-speaking states – something that finally happened, in a different form, in 1871; and some of the personalities based in the city during this period. We’ll also look at the ruling family, the Hohenzollerns, and the power of the Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck.

Vienna 1814-1914
In the 19th century, the population of Vienna grew from 300,000 people to more than 2 million and it became the sixth largest city in the world, capital of an empire of 53 million and a centre for the arts, scientific ideas, and political theorising. We will look at the significance of the Congress of Vienna for the city, the revolution in 1848 and its effects, the diversion of the Danube and the development of the Ringstrasse, and the massive migration to the city as a result of large-scale industrialisation. We will also look at some of the personalities who lived in the city, like Johann Strauss the younger, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl, Adolf Hitler and Leon Trotsky, and how music and art changed over this period. We’ll also cover the influence of the ruling family, the Habsburgs, the tragedy of Mayerling, and the assassination of the heir to the throne in 1914.

Paris 1800-1914
A look at the history of Paris in the 19th century, beginning with how it became a capital city and the effects of the Revolution of 1789, Napoleon's influence, the restoration of the monarchy, the various revolutions and rebellions in the 19th century, Haussmann’s massive town-planning project that deeply affected the social makeup of the city but also turned it into the “city of light", why Bizet’s Carmen was such a failure when it was first performed, the lives of some of the notorious Courtesans, the Cancan, and works by great artists who documented the events and scenes of the time. We'll also reference literary works, operas, operettas and musicals that have focused on the period, examining how much these works actually really reflect what was happening in the city. 


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