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COMPOSERS 1829-1911

Venue: Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 

15 January - 5 February 2020

Wednesdays 1.30- 3.30pm     Cost: £24

When Beethoven died in 1827, he left a legacy that would dominate European music for the next hundred years. His late works had displayed an irresistible emotional force which was seized on by, in particular, a generation of composers from German-speaking countries. This was the beginning of the Romantic period and had parallels in art and literature - the rejection of the Age of Reason in favour of the subjective, the fantastical and - at times - the just plain weird. Schumann, Wagnr and Brahms were in the forefront: Mahler was the bridge to the new music of the twentieth century.

Tutor: Steve Millward

Jan 15    Robert Schumann

Jan 22   Richard Wagner

Jan 29   Johannes Brahms

Feb   5    Gustav Mahler


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Contact Andrew Jones - 0161-491-2874




Venue: Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 

12 February - 25 March 2020

Wednesdays 1.30- 3.30pm     Cost: £42


The Great War was a watershed in European history. A century of peace, progress, and growing optimism regarding the futured ended. We look at the origins of the War, its literature and the transformation from a mobile war to utter stagantion on the Western Front. We examine the pivotal impact of Verdun and the Somme in 1916, together with technological advances emanating from this. The War also impacted horrifically on the Middle Eat, Russia and Eastern Europe. By 1919, four empires had collapsed. The birthing of a modern era had begun, for good or ill.

Tutors: Tim Cockitt, Kevin Harrison, Creina Mansfield

Feb 12    Insiders and Outsiders: War Poets [CM]

Feb 19    Origins of the Great War [KH]

Feb 26    Mobile to Static Warfare, Gallipoli (1914-1915) [TC]

Mar  4    The Meat Grinders - Verdun & the Somme [TC]

Mar 11    Air Warfare, Mutiny, Revolution

                & the Final German Offensives (1917-1918]) [TC] 

Mar 18    The American Entry, the 100 Days, the Armistice

                 & Discontent in the UK 91917-1918) [TC]

Mar 25   Goodbye To All That:

                 Prose Writers on the Great War [CM]

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Contact Andrew Jones - 0161-491-2874





Venue: Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 

14 January - 17 March 2020

Tuesdays 1.30- 3.30pm     Cost: £60

This course examines Britain’s relationship with the Indian subcontinent, including its origins and impact upon the subcontinent itself.  We start with the Mughal Empire and activities of European trading empires. Next, the East India Company from its early trading role in the 17th century, through the occupation of large parts of India and ending with the 1857 Rebellion/Mutiny.  We then consider the British Raj from 1858 through to independence in 1947.  British rule over a vast population and territory will be analysed, together with discussion of European women’s experiences. The key literary products of British imperialism will be examined. Indian nationalist movements in the struggle for independence are considered in context.  The course ends with a reflection upon the impact of British rule and legacies of partition, not least the ongoing crisis in Kashmir.

Tutors: Kevin Harrison, Creina Mansfield, Alan Sennett

Jan 14   The Rise and Glory of the Mughal Empire (1500-1658) [KH]

Jan 21   Aurangzeb: "The Conqueror of the Universe" (1658-1707) [KH]

Jan 28  European Interlopers: Portuguese, Dutch, French & English [AS]

Feb  4    Running India: The East India Company to 1858 [AS]

Feb 11    Running India: The Raj (1858-1919) [AS]

Feb 18   Nationalisms - 1919-1940 [AS]

Feb 25   Kipling [CM]

Mar  3    Women of the Raj [CM]

Mar 10   The End of the Raj and Partition (1941-1947) [AS]

Mar 17    Aftermath: India since 1947 [AS] 


STATION X 1939-1945

Venue: Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 

            Tuesday, 24 March 2020

            1.30- 3.30pm     Cost: £6

In many respects,victory in the Second World War was achieved by application of ground-breaking  technologies, especially in the field of SIGINT (Signals Intelligence). Station X, or Bletchley Park as it is more generally known, was at the very heart of Britain's 'secret war'. This special session examines the vital roles played by Alan Turing and Station X itself. The session is also an introduction to our new ten-week course,Espionage UK: Four Centuries of British Spying, which will commence on Tuesday, 21 April.

Tutors: Tim Cockitt & David Kissack

Lecture One:  Alan Turing (DK)

Lecture Two: Bletchley Park (TC)

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Contact Andrew Jones - 0161-491-2874


Venue: Portico Library 

57 Mosley Street, Manchester  M2 3HY 

Saturdays 10.0 am - 12.00 pm     Cost: £13

Join us to explore some of the well-known and not so well-kwon events that made Manchester into one of the world's great cities.

January 25                   Roman Britain & Roman Manchester

Kevin Harrison:         Roman Britain, an Overview

Birgitta Hoffman:     Mamucium, Roman Manchester

February 8                  Manchester & the English Civil War

Kevin Harrison:       Origins & Course of the English Civil War 

Tim Cockitt:               The 1642 Siege of Manchester

March 7                        19th Century Cultural Manchester

Chris Makepeace:    Edward Edwards & Manchester's

                                          First Public Libraries (1852)

Steve Millward:        Charles Halle & the Halle Orchestra (1858)

                             For tickets please contact:

      0161-236-6785 or admin.assistant@theportico.org.uk











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