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Adult learning

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


Master classes with Alice Leader

Children's Literature + special field trip to Julian Fellowes' home in Wessex

Let’s drift away with some of the most wonderful British books ever written for children. You may have read some, once upon a time, or maybe not at all. Re-reading them as an adult can be surprising and illuminating! We'll enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, Peter and Wendy, The Water Babies and more. 

New for 2020—participants can now choose between joining the virtual course online (£300), or the usual course in person (£400). The eight-week course takes place Wednesdays, 30 September-18 November. In-person sessions take place 10 am-12 noon in St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, and virtual Zoom sessions take place 4:30-6 pm (BST).

Field trip to Wessex

Participants for either course are invited to join for a special field trip, 17-18 November—award-winning writer of Downton Abbey and Academy Award-winner for Gosford Park Julian Fellowes, and his wife, Emma, have issued an extraordinary invitation to their private home for lunch and a chat about Julian's new production, the musical Wind in the Willows. Additional costs apply for the field trip. Limit of 25 places; first-come, first-served. 

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Queen Elizabeth II

Join us for an eight-week course on Queen Elizabeth II. She is now 94 and has lived through the most extraordinary time, encompassing WWII, the nuclear age, the fibre-optic age and now, COVID-19. As Hugo Vickers says, “The good book [on Elizabeth] is yet to be written,” but we will study a most promising list! Selections include Majesty by Robert Lacey, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith, The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy by Ben Pimlott and Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford. 

New for 2020—participants can now choose between joining the virtual course online (£300), or the usual course in person (£400). The eight-week course takes place Thursdays, 1 October-19 November. In-person sessions take place 10 am-12 noon in St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, and virtual Zoom sessions take place 4:30-6 pm (BST).

Field trip to Windsor Castle 

Join us on 12-13 November to sleep in the Windsor Castle grounds for have private tours and talks. Additional costs apply for the field trip. 

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Royal Scandals and Upheavals: The Monarchy in 2020
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What is happening with Meghan and Harry? Can a person cease to be a royal? Were there fights between Meghan and Kate? Or between Harry and William? And what is the matter with Andrew?! Come hear Hugo Vickers, official royal commentator, talk on these and other questions. Hugo accompanies the Queen on her walkabouts, has written many official royal biographies, attended all the weddings of the current family, regularly writes on the royal family for Britain’s main newspapers and gives running, live commentary on CNN, MSNBC, and news stations in Canada and Australia. He is fully knowledgeable and discrete, but with a wicked sense of humor. Furthermore, he has written a book on the correct and the incorrect in the Netflix series The Crown. This event now takes place on Tuesday, 22 September, at St. Mark’s Church, on the corner of Hamilton Terrace and Abercorn Place, in the nave, 10:30-11:30 am. Tickets cost £35 each.

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Questions to Alice Leader.