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ASL's adult learning program carries out the School's mission to develop lifelong learners. We hope that parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of ASL will enjoy participating in the following educational opportunities:

Alice Leader's Master Classes

Alice Leader's Master Classes


 

The Queen's Doll House

Tucked away in Windsor Castle is “Queen Mary’s Doll House--the largest, most beautiful and most famous doll house in the world. Built for Queen Mary by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, this most magical of residences is a perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home. The house is filled with thousands of objects made by leading artists, designers and craftsmen, nearly all on the tiny scale of 1:12.”

Lucinda Lambton who has written the definitive book on this house has invited us for tea, in her home, where she will show us, with brilliant, detailed slides, amazing details, like “the library, bursting with original works by the top literary names of the day, a fully stocked wine cellar." Then she will take us on a private viewing of the Doll House, in Windsor Castle, fifteen minutes away.

Thursday, 1 May: one-day course to include tea, talk and private tour. Depart ASL at 2 pm, return at 7 pm. Cost: £150

Registration: Checks, made out to ASL, should be posted to: Alice Leader, 11 Brooksville Avenue, London NW6 6TH. Please include name, home and mobile phone numbers, email address and event on back of check. Questions to Alice Leader, alice_leader@asl.org, 07815 788205.



Off to the Races!

The perfect springtime jaunt. On Thursday, 8 May, we’ll discuss Tales from the Turf, by Robin Oakley (who will autograph and write a personal message in your copy), and a novel, On the Edge, by the highly recommended female writer Jenny Pitman. Then on Monday, 12 May, we’re off to the races at the Royal Windsor racing course’s evening event. After we park, we take a short boat trip along the Thames to the racecourse, have dinner and place our bets at the famous Grill Bar and Restaurant, then take our place in the Grandstand to see who comes home a winner. Spouses absolutely invited.

Two-day course includes class, entry ticket and boat ride (dinner not included). Thursday, 8 May class (St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 9:30-11:30 am), Monday, 12 May races (depart ASL 3 pm, return by 10 pm). £200 (spouse £75 only).

Registration: Checks, made out to ASL, should be posted to: Alice Leader, 11 Brooksville Avenue, London NW6 6TH. Please include name, home and mobile phone numbers, email address and event on back of check. Questions to Alice Leader, alice_leader@asl.org, 07815 788205.


The Bloosmbury Group - a taster course

“The Bloomsbury Group—or Bloomsbury Set—was an influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, the best known members of which included Virginia Woolf , John Maynard Keynes , E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey . This loose collective of friends and relatives lived, worked or studied together near Bloomsbury,  London , during the first half of the 20th century…. ‘united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts’. Their works and outlook deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism, and economics as well as modern attitudes towards feminism, pacifism, and sexuality .”

Who were these people who lived such shocking lives but then pervasively affected English culture? This is a taster course, to be followed up in September with a full-on, eight-week course. For now, come to learn who these people were and something about what they did. We’ll meet in class for a PowerPoint presentation on Wednesday, 14 May, then go on our own Bloomsbury Walk, in London, Tuesday, 20 May.

Two-day course to include class and walk. Class takes place on Wednesday, 14 May (St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 9:30-11:30) and Bloomsbury walk takes place Tuesday, 20 May, 9 am-3 pm. Cost: £150.

Registration: Checks, made out to ASL, should be posted to: Alice Leader, 11 Brooksville Avenue, London NW6 6TH. Please include name, home and mobile phone numbers, email address and event on back of check. Questions to Alice Leader, alice_leader@asl.org, 07815 788205.

 
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