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Adult learning

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:

Master classes with Alice Leader

Antiques shopping in Lewes

Join us on Thursday, 16 May, for a trip to the antiques capital of Britain—Lewes, in East Sussex. Prepare to be amazed at the Aladdin's caves of treasures to be discovered. The day couldn’t be simpler: a one-hour train south from Victoria, feverish antique shopping, a pub lunch and then a train home. Trip cost is £75. Questions to Alice Leader.

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Traditionally, there have been two long courses each fall. This year, Alice is trying a new idea: there will be one long course, but the other course will be broken into three mini courses, which may be taken separately or combined. Questions to Alice Leader.

A Caledonian Adventure 

(8 sessions, full course, with two-day trip)
The luxuriously refurbished Caledonian Sleeper trains are now on the rails, with attractive bedrooms, with en suite facilities, and cocktails and fine dining in the Club car. Join as we take the journey from London to Aberdeen! In class, we’ll read four of the best mystery novels set on British trains: The 39 Steps by John Buchan, 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie, The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin, The Wheel Spins by Ethel White, (on which Hitchcock based The Lady Vanishes) and, in honor of our destination, Aberdeen*, A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. We travel on the night of Wednesday 23 October, enjoy a grand Thursday in Aberdeen, and return overnight, arriving back in London on Friday, 25 October. This will be an experience of a lifetime! Classes take place on Wednesdays, from 18 September until 30 October, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 10 am-12 noon. Course fee is £400; trip priced separately. 

*During the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen’s buildings were constructed of locally quarried granite, which sparkles like silver owing to its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen, has been known as the offshore oil capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been a settlement for at least 8,000 years. Aberdeen, the Granite City, received Royal Burgh status from David I of Scotland (1124-1153, transforming the city economically. The city is home to the beautiful University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495. 

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Roman Britain 

(3 mini courses)

Introduction to Roman Britain

The Romans invaded Britain in 55BC and left in 407AD. Those four and a half centuries changed Britain forever, but what happened and how did it happen? We are surrounded by evidence of the Romans’ influence: Edgware Road, arrow-shaft straight, was built by the Romans. It’s said that St. John’s Wood shook with the soldiers’ marching. The course meets on Thursdays, 12 and 19 September, with the trip taking place on 26 September. We’ll read parts of Roman Britain, a New History by Guy de la Bedoyere, and Power and Stone by Alice Leader. Our one-day trip takes us to St. Albans to see the fabulous amphitheater and the excellent Verulamium Museum. Classes run 10 am-12 noon at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace. Course fee is £100; trip priced separately. 

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Hadrian’s Wall

In 122AD, Emperor Hadrian ordered a wall built along what is now the border between England and Scotland: 73 miles long, more than 20 feet high, and 10 feet wide, with forts and milecastles every five miles. Hadrian’s Wall is the biggest and most complete remaining Roman monument in the world. Walking along the wall is magical, and gives stunning views of the surrounding rolling countryside. The trip to the Wall is the jewel in the crown. We tour three forts, hike one morning along the Wall, and end each day at the equivalent of the Roman baths, in the spa of our fine hotel. We’ll read parts of Roman Britain, a New History by Guy de la Bedoyere, and Power and Stone by Alice Leader, set around 122AD in fort Vercovicium (aka Housesteads), the central fort of the Wall. Classes take place on Thursdays, 3 and 10 October, with the trip taking place 17-19 October. Classes run 10 an-12 noon at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace. Course fee is £100; trip priced separately. 

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Ancient Britons

Too often history courses only tell of the victors. Here it is especially important to understand the people living in Britain when the Romans conquered. Arguments among archaeologists and historians still rage on the sophistication of the original Britons and just exactly how much effect the Romans had on their way of life. We’ll read Exploring the World of the Celts by Simon James in our classes on Thursday, 31 October, and Wednesday, 6 November. On Thursday, 7 November, we go to Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire where houses, crops, animals and ancient farming skills from the Stone Age, the Iron Age and Roman Britain are utilized with meticulous authenticity by ‘experimental archaeology.’ Classes run 10 am-12 noon at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace. Course fee is £100; trip priced separately. 

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