Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

History - Part-time courses for adults

History - courses at Brighton MET

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

Available courses

  • A Grand Tour of Georgian and Regency Indulgence

    For those of you who are interested in the late Georgian and Regency period and of Brighton and its development. We look at high and low society, including some interesting personalities of the time.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - A Sussex Christmas: Customs, Myths and Legends of Winter in the Festive Season

    We study origins, meanings and significance of fascinating winter and Christmas customs from Pagan to mid-twentieth century.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Day Course
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  • History - An Edwardian Christmas (At Preston Manor)

    If you would like the unique opportunity to study how the Edwardians celebrated Christmas as you are seated round the fabulous fireside of the panelled Macquoid room of historic Preston Manor, this course is definitely for you!

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Day Course
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  • History - Conflict and Revolution: The Stuart Age 1603-1702

    We will study themes of population, agriculture, social and domestic life and women’s roles in this period.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Elegance & Enlightenment – English Society in the Eighteenth Century

    A course for lovers of the arts and social history, looking at elegant Georgian life and the many innovations and developments in a time of enlightenment and advances in all aspects of eighteenth century life for rich and poor.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Gorgeous Georgians – Life in eighteenth century England

    Gorgeous, grand, ghastly, grotesque, greedy, gin-drinking, gluttonous, gamblers – the colourful, inventive, fabulously wealthy, devastatingly poor Georgians. We look at high and low society, including some interesting personalities of the period.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Space, Light & Speed: Art Deco and Modernism 1918-1939

    Study of the distinctive iconic style, illustrated with PowerPoint, books and painting and texts.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Summer in the City: Exploring Brighton's Unique History - short course

    Two classroom sessions and three field trips in Brighton.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Summer Reading: Books, Books and More Books!

    Unique course comprising literature and social and cultural history.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Day Course
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  • History - The Edwardians - A Golden Age - 1900-1910 (at Preston Manor)

    We study the short ‘Golden Age’ before ‘the black pit of war’ (J.B. Priestley’s description) that was to change the idyll of elegant living for the wealthy socialising on a grand scale, but was also a tarnished age for the poor living in slums.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - The Novel as Social History: London

    Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story, we also study the social and cultural history of a period, which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of the time and general minutiae of everyday life.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - The Novel as Social History: London

    Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story, we also study the social and cultural history of a period, which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of the time and general minutiae of everyday life.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - The Novel as Social History: London Second Impressions

    Within the pages of the novel we discover more than a story, we also study the social and cultural history of a period, which gives us a deeper and clearer understanding of the time and general minutiae of everyday life.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • History - Women, Wartime and the Homefront (WWII)

    For those who are interested in women’s studies and what life was like for them at work and in the home during wartime. (Follows on from the autumn Saturday on women in WWI).

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Day Course
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  • History: Culture and Society Between the Wars 1918-1939 (Held at Preston Manor)

    If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous historic house and you like history and literature of the 1920s and 1930s this course is definitely for you. Lessons take place in the panelled Macquoid Room

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Weeks
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  • Keep the homefires burning: Women in the First World War

    We study how when men went to war women went to work. They took on what had been seen as hard and heavy work in factories, on farms, driving buses, even working as cinema projectionists.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: Day Course
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