Sir George Trevelyan: Attingham Park
2. Courses offered at Attingham
Notice the breadth and scope of courses offered 50 years ago...
Weekend Courses, New Year to Easter 1951
Festivals of the Year and the Changing Seasons
Trade Union Problems today and tomorrow
The World Significance of Coalbrookdale
Humus on the Farm - the case for organic manuring
Costume, Music and Poetry through the Centuries
Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice
Wochenende in Deutsche Sprache (German-speaking weekend)
Local Studies Working Party
Starting My Own Farm
Celtic Christianity in the British Isles
West and East (Britain, America & Russia)
Art without Epoch (African children's art)
Adventure on Holiday (II)
Orchestral Playing (II)
1956 was a 'peak' year. Attingham had been open for eight years. New educational patterns and the college's character were by now clearly established. Times were changing in the world around: affluence, new technologies and social complexities were on their way. Yet crucial seeds for the future were planted at Attingham at this time, contributing to a new movement for world change which was to emerge in the mid-to-late 1960s. The college eventually closed in 1971.
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This is a full sample programme for Spring 1956:
The Shropshire Adult College
Open Residential Courses, Spring 1956
25. FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH, TO SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH
Responsibility in Industry
A course for all levels of management from firms in Shropshire and the West Midlands, run in association with the Personnel Management Advisory Service, with lecturers representing both Industry and the Universities.
26. FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH, TO SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH
The World's Great Books: SPENSER'S 'FAERIE QUEENE'
One of the great poems in the English language. Though formidable in length, it has stirred the imagination for three centuries. A dramatised version is to be produced in the open air theatre at Moreton Hall School in July.
28. FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH, TO SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND
Community Centres Conference
Individual and group relationships within the community centre. A conference promoted by the South Staffs Council of Community Associations, but open to all interested.
31. FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH, TO SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH
A course on how to find out about family history, from portraits, letters, heraldry, church monuments and general genealogical evidence; with detailed reference to two old Shropshire families - the Corbets and the Myttons.
35. FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, TO SUNDAY, MAY 13TH
A weekend for nature lovers in which some of the results of more advanced study of bird behaviour will be presented. There will be an early session to hear the dawn chorus and opportunity to study birds and plants in the Attingham grounds.
37. FRIDAY, MAY 18TH, TO MONDAY, MAY 21ST
Fifth Annual Drama Conference
This Whitsun conference has become the focal point for the year's work in amateur drama in the county and is open to all interested in the theory and practice of production and acting. The programme includes performances by Shropshire Dramatic Societies. Directed by Eric Salmon.
38. FRIDAY, MAY 25TH, TO SUNDAY, MAY 27TH
An opportunity for the amateur artist to sketch and paint at Attingham under expert tuition in Landscape, Portraiture and Still Life. Beginners are encouraged. Tutor: Hayward Veal, R.I.
39. FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST, TO SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD
The English Country House
The architectural heritage of the English country house from the medieval manor to the Georgian mansion will be surveyed in three lectures, with visits to houses of significance in the district. Lecturer: Alec Clifton-Taylor.
40. FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH, TO SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH
Man in his Relationships
A conference designed for the Attingham Park Discussion Groups but open to all. It will study the problem of the integration of the personality in and through relationships in society. Three distinguished lecturers will take part.
44. FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, TO SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH
Railway and Canal History
This course, the first of its kind in the country, will study the industry of the Coalbrookdale area and the canals and tramroads which served it. Lectures on the study of railway history and its sources are also included. In association with Extra-Mural Dept., Birmingham University.
45. FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, TO SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH
Marlowe's 'Edward II' is to be produced at the Ludlow Festival in July. This course will study the play, assess the work of Shakespeare's great forerunner and consider the renaissance picture of man given in his three plays, 'Tamburlaine', 'Dr. Faustus' and 'The Jew of Malta'.
46. FRIDAY, JULY 6TH, TO MONDAY, JULY 16TH
Historic Houses of Great Britain
This summer school, the fifth of its kind to be run in association with the National Trust, is offered primarily to American visitors. Open lectures by distinguished architectural historians, including Professor N. Pevsner.
47. FRIDAY, JULY 20TH, TO FRIDAY, JULY 27TH
English Farmhouses and Cottages
A practical course, arranged at the request of the Council for British Archaeology, to introduce students to the study of vernacular building and to the technique of recording examples in their locality. Sponsored by Extra-Mural Dept., Birmingham University.