History courses at Aspire Sussex are designed to be engaging and informative. If you are interested in people, culture and history, we offer a range of courses from the most popular to the completely unique.
Take a step into the fascinating world of archaeology and learn how fragments of the past can provide clues to understanding those who lived long ago. This 5 week course offers an introduction to the profession, looking at how sites are found, excavated, investigated and finally interpreted. It will give you the chance to handle real artefacts from thousands of years ago, examine the tools of the trade and have a go at using evidence to interpret a historical past.
A quiet sleepy village on the south coast for much of its life time, Rustington is surrounded by both surprising and fascinating history. From the earliest days of human habitation, to giants of the writing world, it has played host to some incredible stories, the remains of which are written into the village and surrounding landscape. In this archaeology workshop, take part in a morning lecture followed by a walk around the village and museum, discovering the history all around you.
The course aims to introduce you to Ancient Greek and its structure, to increase your appreciation of Greek words still used today and to provide insight into some aspects of life in Ancient Greece. You will be introduced to the Ancient Greek alphabet (reading & writing) and basic vocabulary. Additionally, the aim of the course is to offer students an opportunity to get a taste of the greatest works of Greek Literature. Finally, students will learn to use Ancient Greek as a real, living language and are encouraged to converse in Greek!
The course will cover the ancient Greek alphabet, the ancient Greek accent, the basic structure of ancient Greek sentences, building to an ability to read and translate short passages. Moreover, the course will present an overview of major works of Greek Literature and History.
This course aims to develop an understanding of the presentation, content, and context of some of the main Greek myths and of the way in which these might be interpreted. You will acquire a general overview, along with an understanding of the Greek culture gained through a variety of literary and archaeological evidence. Students will develop an awareness of the differences and similarities between the ancient Greek civilisation and our own, and of the influence of Greek mythological tradition. Some of the topics that will be covered include: Greek pantheon, Greek heroes (e.g. Heracles, Argonauts), Greek and Roman myth conceptions and modern myth interpretation.
A famous Roman town, Chichester has a long history, the evidence of which is clear to see today. But dive beneath the surface and there is far more to the city than meets the eye. In this archaeology workshop, take part in a morning lecture followed by a walk around the town and discover its past from ancient times to modern day.
Biography series about women who made a big impact on their personal environments. For example Margaret Beauford, Isabella of France, Jane Austin and Beatrix Potter.
During the second world war Churchill famously tasked the SOE with ‘setting Europe ablaze’. These agents parachuted into France to gather intelligence, support resistance networks and pave the way for the allied advances. They came from all walks of life and lived lives of danger, excitement and undercover tension. But not all of them were men. In this three week lecture series hear the stories of some of the women of SOE, their struggles, triumphs and invaluable contribution to the war effort.
This course will survey the practice of a 19th century movement founded on nature, morality and idealism. It encompassed objects from the everyday to the luxurious; on a scale from architecture to jewellery; and influences our lives today.
Students will examine new aesthetics and ways of working from social reform to new formal ideas, inspiration from nature and truth to materials illustrated by the work of Morris and Webb, Dresser, Ashbee, Voysey and others.