History - Part-time courses for adults

History - courses at Brighton MET

Using a range of cultural reference points including literature and architecture, our history courses provide fascinating insights into a variety of historical eras.

Available courses

  • History | A Day in the Life of an Edwardian House | Preston Manor
    History | A Day in the Life of an Edwardian House | Preston Manor

    If you would like to learn how houses were run and managed in an actual historic house, the fabulous Preston Manor, this is a course for you! Decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, this is a delightfully unique and hugely atmosph...

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 1 Day
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  • History | A History of Fashion and Society (1700-2000) | At Preston Manor
    History | A History of Fashion and Society (1700-2000) | At Preston Manor

    This course is for lovers of fashion and British social and cultural history. It examines how social history has inspired fashion, just as clothes have influenced social and cultural history.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 8 Weeks
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  • History | The History of Brighton - A Unique Resort
    History | The History of Brighton - A Unique Resort

    We discover the special features of Brighton’s unique development - from early life on the downs to vibrant twentieth century. We view how a small, poor fishing town emerged into a fashionable resort.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 10 weeks
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    History | Art Deco and the Moderne (1918-1939)
    History | Art Deco and the Moderne (1918-1939)

    After WWI a new, distinctive style emerged in the 1920's and 1930's. Smooth lines and geometric patterns featured on architecture, advertising, fashion, jewellery, furniture, glass,ceramics, lighting, metal, technology and cinema.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 6 weeks
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    History | Beautiful and Useful | Victorian Arts & Crafts
    History | Beautiful and Useful | Victorian Arts & Crafts

    “Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris 1880. He and others believed that mass production produced inferior goods and they returned to the styles of earlier ages, utilising nat...

    • Course type: Open to international students
    • Duration: 1 Day
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  • History | Culture and Society Between the Wars (1918-1939)
    History | Culture and Society Between the Wars (1918-1939)

    How life changed in Britain after WWI. There was decline but social and cultural life took on a new aspect reflected in architecture, design, fashion, music, literature and distinctive style of Art Deco and Modernism.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 10 Weeks
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    History | Christmas! Myths, Legends, Customs and Traditions of the Festive Season
    History | Christmas! Myths, Legends, Customs and Traditions of the Festive Season

    If you are interested in the fascinating customs, traditions, myths and legends surrounding Christmas and winter you will be able to learn lots of interesting and entertaining information from this one-day session; taught in a relaxed and friendly at...

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 1 day
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    History | Fashion and Style History | How it Shaped British Culture (1750-2000)
    History | Fashion and Style History | How it Shaped British Culture (1750-2000)

    This course examines historic inspiration that forms today’s innovative fashion and designers by studying the fascinating social and cultural history of Britain.

    • Course type: Open to international students
    • Duration: 10 Weeks
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    History | Looking At Victorian Art | Paintings as Social History
    History | Looking At Victorian Art | Paintings as Social History

    Victorian paintings tell us much more than the main picture. They are full of symbolism and reveal other features around the central subject, reflecting massive social changes, turmoil and emotions.

    • Course type: Open to international students
    • Duration: 1 Day
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  • History | Summer in the City: Exploring Brighton's Unique History
    History | Summer in the City: Exploring Brighton's Unique History

    If you are interested in the distinctive history of Brighton, how it evolved and enjoy walking through the city and discovering places you might not know, you will enjoy this course comprising of two classroom sessions and three field trips.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 5 weeks
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    History | Summer Reading: Books, Books and More Books!
    History | Summer Reading: Books, Books and More Books!

    If you love books, reading, social and cultural history, and lots of lively discussion in a relaxed, informal atmosphere then this one-day course is definitely for you.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: One day
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  • History | The Edwardians - A Golden Age 1900-1914 | At Preston Manor
    History | The Edwardians - A Golden Age 1900-1914 | At Preston Manor

    If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous, historic manor house and you like the Edwardian era of history, this course is definitely for you.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 8 Weeks
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    History | The Great Exhibition and Mid –Victorian Britain (1848-1870)
    History | The Great Exhibition and Mid –Victorian Britain (1848-1870)

    A course for lovers of social and cultural history during the mid Victorian era, which witnessed many changes in all aspects of daily life and the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 10 weeks
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    History | The Novel as Social History | Life, Work, Leisure and Love
    History | The Novel as Social History | Life, Work, Leisure and Love

    This unique course comprises literature, social and cultural history, book club – and lively discussion! Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story - enthralling ‘other’ information about people, relationships, class and place. Wit...

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 5 fortnightly Saturdays
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    History | The Novel as Social History: North And South Divide - Industrial, Rural And Urban Lives
    History | The Novel as Social History: North And South Divide - Industrial, Rural And Urban Lives

    A unique course comprising literature, social and cultural history, book club – and lively discussion! Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story. We will explore enthralling information about people, relationships, class and place.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 5 fortnightly Saturdays
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    History | The Victorian World 1851-1875
    History | The Victorian World 1851-1875

    A course for lovers of social and cultural history during the early Victorian era, which was a time of change and development, and the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 10 Weeks
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    History | Victorian Life and Leisure 1851-1875
    History | Victorian Life and Leisure 1851-1875

    An introduction to the remarkable and influential mid-Victorian period which witnessed many changes, especially after the Great Exhibition of 1851.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 6 weeks
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  • Women: WWII Home front and Post-War Britain
    Women: WWII Home front and Post-War Britain

    For those who are interested in women’s studies and what life was like for them at work and in the home during the second world war, and post-war (late1940s & 50s); when lives and conditions had changed considerably

    • Course type: Open to international students
    • Duration: 10 Weeks
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