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Spring Term Courses

Our 2019 Spring Term evening courses are now listed. Check under Courses For All from the tab above.

New courses include two aimed at improving presentation or communication skills(Moving On & Speaking in Public) and one in which you would learn the basics of Java computer programming.

posted Wed, 28 Nov 18

Leisure Learning Programme goes live!

All of our Spring courses are now visible on our website.

If you are interested in Evening Courses - click on the Courses For All link above. Places on these courses can be reserved now - by email or a phone call.

For Day Courses (membership subscription required) - click on Courses for Members. Make sure your membership is up to date before applying.

Please call to check availability.

posted Thu, 19 Jul 18

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posted Mon, 04 Jun 18


Below are a selection of up-coming events, click here to see more

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Charlotte Peacock
Reading Room

Wed, 05 Dec 1819.30

Tickets £8 (£4 for SBL members) available on the door.

Charlotte Peacock is a writer, photographer and poet. Her first book Into the Mountain, a Life of Nan Shepherd, is an intriguing biography of one of North East Scotland's best known literati; an intensively private woman of whom Charlotte Peacock has unravelled the mysteries, explored the rumours and created a window into the life of the extraordinary writer.

Public Event

A Christmas Carol - the writing of a classic Christmas story

Mark Mitchels
Reading Room

Tue, 11 Dec 1815.00 - 16.30

Event fully booked

A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular and well known books written by Charles Dickens. He wrote it in 1843 and within days it was a best seller. Where did he get the ideas and how was Christmas celebrated at this time? The story of Scrooge and his clerk Bob Cratchit is about rich and poor in London and Dickens was concerned to show how dangerous it was for society to ignore those who struggled to survive.
This talk includes extracts from this wonderful classic.

Members Only
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Paul Robeson: Life and Work

Dr Stephen Palmer
Birkbeck Room

Sat, 02 Mar 199.30 - 12.30

£8 (Member) or £10 (Non-member)
includes tea/coffee

Regarded by some as one of the most significant figures of the 20th century, Robeson is also seen as unjustly neglected. Robeson first came to prominence as a hugely successful athlete, one of the first nationally feted black American football players. After a short period practising as a lawyer in New York – giving this up when he realised that he would never be treated on an equal footing with his white counterparts – Robeson embarked on a career as a singer of spirituals and actor, quickly becoming internationally renowned. However he became increasingly politically conscious and found himself in the Macarthyite period persecuted and unable to travel outside of the US. The strain led to a serious breakdown in health and his last years were spent in relative obscurity.

This workshop will look at some of the key moments in the life and work of this extraordinary figure, and will feature renditions of a selection of his songs, performed by the speaker with a live accompanist.

Public Event


Courses for All

Our Evening Learning Programme of courses is open to the public, with discounted fees available to Institute members.

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Members' Courses

Over fifty daytime courses are available to those who pay an annual Institute membership subscription.

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