JANUARY - OCTOBER 2020

"Dillington House is one of England's special places. A truly lovely
rural surrounding in which to learn and study, to walk and think,
to eat well and make new friends.”

Rosie Boycott, Writer and Broadcaster

  ‘Dillington House,
  Creating Adventures in
  Adult Education and the
  Arts since 1950’

A New Year brings promises of change          We are celebrating Shakespeare this year,       When visiting and staying at Dillington you
as well as reflection on the past.            he may have been born 456 years ago but         can be guaranteed a warm welcome in
Dillington House continues to evolve          his plays are still relevant today. We start    beautiful surroundings.
and grow and our new programme                the year with tragedy and comedy, then a
combines this by celebrating and              wicked look at Shakespeare’s nastiest           Finally,
continuing with favourite traditional         shrews and ugliest villains, a visit to the     It is with sadness we write that Chris
courses as well as introducing you to         Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford          Pollard passed away in November. Chris
a wide range of new courses for your          to see The Comedy of Errors and finally         had for many years organised our Summer
enjoyment.                                    we culminate our programme with                 School as well as courses and tours. We are
                                              Exploring Shakepeare at our Summer              inviting all who knew Chris to join us on
Dillington House is entering its 70th Year,   School.
from July 2020, and we are looking forward                                                    Sunday 5 April 2020 at 2:30pm in the
to continuing our celebration of all things                                                   Theatre to share memories and pay tribute
                                              After 25 years under the dedicated              to Chris.
Dillington with you.                          stewardship of Peter Rueffer, the Dillington
Throughout this programme there are           Guitar Festival has gone from strength to       We would like to take this opportunity to
several courses that lend themselves to       strength. We are pleased to announce that       thank all our Customers, Patrons and
be associated with the ‘Slow Movement’ -      from 2020 the Eden Stell Guitar Duo (Mark       Friends of Dillington,Volunteers, Sponsors
a time to recapture meaningful connections    Eden and Christopher Stell) will take up the    and Tutors for your continued loyalty to
whilst creating and learning with others.     helm and move the Festival forward with an      Dillington. We would also like to thank
Take the opportunity to try something new     exciting line-up of international artists and   those individuals who have given us
and give yourself time to enjoy and gain      musical activities throughout the week. We      permission to use their photographs
new skills and knowledge.                     advise you to book your tickets early.          throughout the programme.
As ever we have pleasure introducing you      Dillington House continues to attract a
                                              diverse range of customers, those who visit     We hope you will find some interesting
to new Tutors. Please take the time to read                                                   courses and events you wish to attend and
their biographies on pages 4 and 5. All       us for education courses, weddings,
                                              conferences or, for a short break whilst        we look forward to welcoming you back for
Tutors at Dillington House are passionate                                                     another year at Dillington.
about their subjects and have excellent       visiting the West Country. We hope
academic credentials.                         everyone who visits us has a positive
                                              experience and we continue to place our         From all the team at Dillington House.
If you wish to attend one of our new Tutor    care for guests and hospitality at the centre
courses, we are offering an early bird        of all we do.
discount of 10% until 31 March 2020.

Dillington House, Creating Adventures in Adult Education and the Arts since 1950
1950 saw Somerset County Council                  bedrooms in the magnificent Mews, or in
begin its journey into Adult Education            the contemporary Boutique Hotel style
at Dillington House.                              bedrooms in the award-winning Hyde
Over the years we have continued to
evolve and change to meet the demands             Dillington House continues to evolve and
of our students and changing lifestyles. We       grow and our adult education programme
refresh and develop our adult education           combines this by celebrating and continuing
courses and events annually so we can             with favourite, traditional courses as well as
offer a wide range of new subjects that           introducing you to a wide range of new
run alongside more traditional favourites.        courses for your enjoyment

Our aim is to provide breadth, high quality       Our traditional favourites include two
and diversity of adult education courses          weeks of Residential Summer School a
that appeal to all ages, abilities and interest   rich mix of learning and pleasure. Summer
levels. Our courses range from Art to             School gives you the chance to create your
Archaeology, Craft and Concerts, Lectures         own special holiday with a difference.
and Literature, Photography and People to         Our annual Guitar Festival gives a unique
Singing and Yoga, there is something for          opportunity to participate in a varied
everyone.                                         programme of music making that allows
Students can immerse themselves in                time to develop playing and music reading
learning on one of our residential courses        skills. The end of every day culminates in
or join us in the relaxed surroundings of         an evening performance by renowned
Dillington House just for the day. Course         international artists who perform in the
fees include tuition, refreshments and all        wonderful setting of Dillington House.
meals. Residential courses include en-suite       Browse our full list of courses, lectures,
accommodation. Accommodation is either            concerts and events or select from your
in the main house in traditional country          specific area of interest using our index
house style rooms, the cosy cottage style         of courses or Tutors.

                                       WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Residential Course Fees                           Additional Nights
Against each residential course you will find     Subject to availability it may be possible to
a series of symbols and prices, which give        stay overnight in advance of a day course,
the fees per person, relating to the different    for which we can offer a special rate for        Field Trips & Visits
grades of bedroom and occupancy.                  bed and breakfast. Ask for full details on       Course fees which include travel
                                                  booking.                                         and entrance fees for field trips or
s    Double/twin room single occupancy                                                             visits are denoted by the bus symbol.
l    Double/twin room shared occupancy
H    Single room                                                                                   Frequently Asked
u    Non Resident                                                                                  Questions (FAQS)
                                                                                                   See page 70 for FAQs and further
We also have two deluxe rooms – upgrades                                                           information about what’s included.
to a deluxe room cost £25 per person per                                                           Charges current at time of going to press.

Look out for 10% discount for all new tutors



1. Eden Stell Guitar Duo - Guitars
Sunday 2 August

2. Flauguissimo Duo – Lute and Flute
Monday 3 August

3. Duo Agostino – Two Guitars
Tuesday 4 August

4. Laura Snowden and Yoo Jeon –
Violin and Guitar
Wednesday 5 August                     3.

5. Six Hands – Gary Ryan,                                     4.
John Williams and John Etheridge                                     5.
Thursday 6 August

6. Piano Recital with Charles Owen and Domenic Degavino   7. Piatti String Quartet and Ella Rundle (cello)
  Sunday 29 March 2020                                      Sunday 10 May 2020


             We are pleased to welcome and introduce our new Tutors. All our Tutors at Dillington House
                     are passionate about their subjects and have excellent academic credentials.
                If you wish to attend one of our new Tutor courses, we are offering an early bird discount of 10% until 31 March 2020

                    Flora Arbuthnott is                            Chris Copson                      investigate the way writers create meaning,
                    a natural dyer, grower,                        currently works as                to try to unpick what drives them and to
                    and forager. Exploring                         Learning and Public               take away a set of skills that will enrich your
                    the land through                               Engagement Officer at             reading in the future.
                    gathering wild dye plants,                     Haynes International
                    fungi, lichen and algae, as                    Motor Museum. He is                                    Sophie Hatcher
                    well as growing plants to                      former Curator of The                                  Floristry workshops
                    produce a variety of                           Keep Military Museum,                                  combines two of
vibrant colours using non-toxic plant-based       Dorchester and Education Officer at The                                 Sophie’s passions,
processes. Flora loves to be out on the land      Tank Museum                                                             Education and Flowers.
observing and learning from the wild plants                                                                               Sophie has always
that grow around us as well as growing her                            Christine Green                                     worked in education,
own.                                                                  Christine is a graphic                              she taught in an FE
                                                                      designer with a passion        setting for five years. Simultaneously, Sophie
                     Christina Charles                                for typography,                trained to become a florist with the British
                     has worked with leather                          patchwork, cut-outs and        Academy of Floral Art in 2016. Since then,
                     for nearly 20 years. She                         inspiring others to have       she has developed her business, The
                     fell in love with the                            a go. She worked at the        Foraged Flower Co. and has offered
                     material whilst studying                         BBC creating opening           workshops all over Somerset.
                     for a BA (Hons) Fashion      title sequences, went freelance, retrained as
                     at Winchester School of      a teacher and runs numerous creative                                     John Hartoch taught
                     Art. Having specialised in   courses, exhibitions and demonstrates at                                 acting at the Bristol Old
leather for her degree show, Christina went       crafting events where she sells merchandise                              Vic Theatre School for
on to work for a number of luxury London          featuring her papercut designs. Career                                   35 years, latterly as
fashion houses such as Catherine Walker           highlights include BAFTA nomination, main                                Head of Acting Courses.
and Jasper Conran in a product                    contributor on BBC4’s ‘Make! Craft Britain’,                             Over the years John
development capacity. After completing a          producing/directing BBC Schools ‘The Art’.                               adapted and directed
research trip in 2009 that took Christina         Christine enjoys making stuff, a challenge,                              various texts for stage
through the Middle East and Asia in search        theatre, cinema, reading and car booting.          including Kipling’s Jungle Book (published by
of Leather Artisans practicing in Syria, India                                                       Samuel French), Arabian Nights, Canterbury
and Nepal, she relocated from London to                                Nims Gribler                  Tales and The Three Musketeers. John directed
Somerset to take up the role of ‘Head of                               B.A.Hons, M.Ed is an          Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre School annual
Design’ at Pittards, the well-known tannery                            A-level and GCSE              tours of the South West and, more recently,
in Yeovil. In 2017 Christina set up her own                            Literature teacher,           the yearly Shakespeares at the Redgrave
practice and now splits her time between                               international teacher         Theatre, Bristol. John co-founded and
running her own contemporary                                           trainer and examiner          performed with The Company of Strangers –
leathergoods label Hirsch & Kirsch,                                    for Cambridge                 re-telling mythic tales from Wales and
Sampling and Development for the fashion                               University with over          Ireland.
and accessories industry and teaching             15 years’ experience and a deep passion
leather workshops from her studio in              for poetry, plays and novels across the ages.
North East Somerset.                              With a lively style & engaging and thoughtful
                                                  content, her courses push the boundaries
                                                  of Literature to reveal the pulsing emotion
                                                  beneath. This makes for animated courses
                                                  that give you the confidence to analyse &

Elizabeth Legge                across the world. Debbie has taught dye,                               Sheila Seymour
                    Not long after leaving         spinning and knitting workshops and skills                             After a career in IT, from
                    school she spent six           on live television, at national shows, such as                         2004 Sheila was a tutor
                    months in Vienna which         The Knitting and Stitching Show and in her                             to the First Year History
                    sparked a great interest       studio in Ilminster (The Lace Knittery).                               students at Royal
                    in the history and             Debbie has been dyeing using natural                                   Holloway College,
                    culture of the long-gone       materials for over a decade and enjoys the                             University of London.
                    Austro-Hungarian               changing colour palette throughout the year.                           Her role was to
Empire. This deepened when her career led                                                            introduce them to new aspects of, and
to her living and working in a number of                                 Philippa Reid               approaches to, history after years of
European countries and she became ever                                   Philippa is a fully         following tightly structured curricula. It was
more interested in how history shaped the                                Accredited (Higher          a wonderful job – but demanding. It was
Europe we know today. Fuelled by her                                     Level) Fellow of the        not only the students whose love of history
research into German, French and Italian                                 Quilling Guild, which has   was stimulated, but also her own and she
sources, she brings to her talks extensive                               recognised her skills at    looks forward to sharing her experiences.
knowledge of her subject, presented with                                 Masters level for
enthusiasm and thought-provoking ideas.                                  competition purposes. In                         Stephen Stokes
                                                   addition to creating highly original quilled                           Taught by the monks
                     Elizabeth Merry               pictures and jewellery Philippa also works                             of Downside Abbey,
                     MA, PGCE will be joining      hard to promote the art of quilling through                            Stephen Stokes has been
                     our Summer School.            workshops, demonstrations, social media                                teaching letter-carving
                     Elizabeth has over 30         and the Guild’s websites. Philippa is well                             full-time for the last
                     years’ experience             known in the quilling world as Editor of the                           seven years, based at his
                     teaching and lecturing        Guild’s highly-regarded magazine, Quillers                             Bodden Cross Studios in
                     on a range of subjects        Today. Her book 'QUILLING The art of              Somerset. A career in media took him all
                     including classical art and   paper filigree', published by The Crowood         over the world, each time returning to his
architecture, aspects of the visual arts and       Press in 2019, is a comprehensive practical       workshop to find creative fulfilment. His
the links between literature and art. She has      guide to all internationally-recognised           work now appears in diverse locations
worked for the WEA, Universities of Bristol        quilling techniques.                              around the world from Canterbury
and Southampton Departments of                                                                       Cathedral to the Bruton Art Factory. “My
Continuing Education, Royal Society of Arts,                            Ann Pickard                  greatest pleasure is witnessing the flame lit
Dillington House, Jane Austen Society,                                  Ann Pickard has over         in a soul when working with their hands and
Thomas Hardy Society, Brussels Brontë                                   30 years’ experience         realising they have an innate creative talent.”
Society, Finzi Society, The Art Fund, Dorset                            decorating cakes in her
County Museum, and Literary, Historical and                             business                                           Clare Walsh Clare is
Philosophical Societies all over the UK. She                                                a Textile Designer, Maker
is particularly interested in the connections                           and has taught both                                and Workshop tutor,
between literature and the other branches                               nationally and                                     with a background in
of the arts and all her lectures explore this      internationally since her books were first                              education and a lifetime
in various ways. An Arts Society lecturer          published over 20 years ago. She has been                               love of textiles she uses
since 2009. Elizabeth has worked for Arts          guest presenter on two of the UKs                                       botanical material to
Societies all over Britain as well as in Europe    Shopping Channels and her style and                                     print directly onto
including Paris, Brussels, Berlin, The Hague,      technique of cake decorating and modelling        fabric, creating vibrant unique prints which
Malta and Southern Spain. She has lectured         are perfect for beginners and more                are used in garments, interior products and
for ADFAS in Australia and New Zealand.            experienced students alike. Ann’s tutorials       accessories. Inspired by and printed from
Independently of the Arts Society, she             are very popular on Youtube and can also be       nature her printed textiles are created for
lectures regularly in Stratford-on-Avon            viewed on her website                             bespoke commissions and special projects.
at Shakespeare Study Weekends             Ann’s               Travels in India and a growing collection of
                                                   expertise encompasses wedding cake                hand-carved Indian printing blocks have
                    Debbie Munro                   design, piping and quick novelty modelling.       inspired hand-printed designs on natural
                    Debbie has been                All her techniques are fast and commercial.       linen and organic cottons. Clare’s
                    fascinated with fibre and                                                        enthusiasm for printed textile design is
                    colour for as long as she                                                        communicated in the range of courses and
                    can remember. Debbie                                                             workshops she delivers to students of all
                    designs her own patterns                                                         ages. See and
                    and paint range of yarn                                                          Instagram Clarewalsh16
                    that has been enjoyed
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 Power and Patronage: The Death of an Elite?
 The Changing Fortunes and Roles of the Non-
 Royal Dukes of the British Isles with Mike Hope -
 Sunday 19 January

 The Real Ludwig Van Beethoven with
 Phil Grabsky - Sunday 9 February

 Images from the Edge with Brian Anderson -
 Sunday 15 March

Ancient Egyptian Artistry in Glass
with Lucia Gahlin - Friday 28 February

Music, Masonry and Manuscripts:
An Inspirational Journey Through
Medieval England with Mark Cottle
- Friday 6 March

Guernica: The Greatest Painting in the
World with Wayne Bennett - Friday 20 March

          he Dillington Book
          Club offers an                       BOOK CLUB
          opportunity for all                  with Elizabeth Rapp

          those lovers of
          literature to meet
and discuss a variety of
books. The group meets on                                                      LUNCHES
the first Tuesday of the                        A lively &
month and is led by                            stimulating
Elizabeth Rapp, who brings
with her a wealth of literary
knowledge and experience.
                                               discussion -
                                                good fun!                   Enjoy                      a delicious carvery
                                                                                                       in the beautiful
                                                                                                       surroundings of
Discussion is always lively and passionate as members are encouraged
to freely express their opinions. Whilst the book club is intended for                                 Dillington
serious debate there is also a lot of fun to be had and discussions often
continue all the way through lunch!

Dates and books for 2020

Tuesday 4 February
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Penguin)

Tuesday 3 March
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (Penguin)

Tuesday 7 April
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Harper

Tuesday 28 April
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan (Vintage)

Tuesday 2 June
Lark Rise to Candleford (Penguin Modern Classics)

*£25 per session starting with coffee at 10.30am and ending with a
three course lunch at 1.00pm.                                                   Su nd ay
                                                                                      Available every

Prior booking is essential for all dates as places are limited.             Main Course *£11 per person (under 10s £6.50)
                                                                            Dessert *£5.95 per person
                                                                            Call 01460 258648 for further details and to
             Please sign up to receive full details of the dates            reserve a table
             and books to be discussed by sending an email to
                                Lunch will be served either in the Hyde or the House
                                                                            *prices are current at time of going to press and subject to change

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                                                                                 £35 per annum joint subscription
                                                                                 l   Receive the programme in advance of everyone else
                                                                                 l   Priority booking
                                                                                 l   Exclusive promotions
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                                                                                     Reserved seating for talks

                                                                                 l   Receive twice yearly newsletter with all the behind -
                                                                                     the-scenes stories and plans
                                                                                 l   Entry into the annual prize draw

                                                                                 Patrons                                on most courses
                                                                                 £300 per annum                         on concert tickets
                                                                                                          discount      on talk tickets
                                                                                 All of the above plus…

                                                                                 As you will see, a number of our concerts in the
                                                                                 programme have been sponsored by Friends and
                                                                                 Patrons of Dillington. We even have groups of Friends
                                                                                 joining together to sponsor future concerts. If you
                                                                                 are interested in sponsoring a concert in return
                                                                                 for some wonderful Dillington hospitality please
                                                                                 call our Events Team.

                                                                                 Terms and Conditions
                                                                                 l   Membership runs for 12 months from the month of
                                                                                 l   Joint subscriptions apply to two people residing at the
                                                                                     same address.
                                                                                 l   Benefits to Patrons apply to a maximum of two
                                                                                     people residing at the same address.
                                                                                 l   Priority booking applies to printed programme only.
                                                                                 l   Patron’s discount applies to most courses excepting
                                                                                     those marked P where special payments to third -
                                                                                     parties are involved.
                                                                                 l   Patron’s discount does not apply to pre-concert/
                                                                                     pre-talk meals.
                                                                                 l   Patron’s discount applies to new bookings only.

     Gift vouchers are an ideal present for Dillington regulars or a treat for
     someone new to Dillington.Vouchers are available in the amount of your
     choice and can be purchased from our Events Team 01460 258613.Treat
     someone today and give them the gift of the Dillington Experience.

WINTER courses

                                                       Europe – The Age of the Crusades
                                                       Saturday 4 January
                                                       Fee: £56                                        Bookbinding
                                                       The consolidation of Christendom in all         Dinner Friday 10 –
                                                       but Europe’s extremities and the more           Lunch Sunday 12 January
                                                       recent schism between Rome and the              Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226
                                                       Orthodox church in 1054 led to Pope             This workshop is aimed at anyone looking
                                                       Urban II’s exaltation to recapture the holy     to do basic bookbinding at home without
                                                       places previously lost in the first expansion   much specialised equipment. We will cover
                                                       of Islam. Thus were knightly orders created     paper grain and folding, selecting
                                                       in various western lands and more than a        appropriate materials, tools and
                                                       century of holy war initiated.                  adhesives. We will bind three different
                                                       Tutor: Mike Shaw                                book structures which will give you the
                                                                                                       foundations of bookbinding. Please note
                                                                                                       there is an additional £10 payable to the
                                                                                                       tutor for materials.
                                                                                                       Tutor: Sarah Jarrett-Kerr

                                                                                                               GROUP BOOKINGS

                                                                                                        With up to 40 bedrooms available,
                                                                                                        we welcome groups looking to stay
      The Italian Renaissance                                                                           somewhere special.
      Dinner Friday 3 – Lunch Sunday 5 January         Medieval English Pilgrimages                     For further details contact the
      Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226                Dinner Friday 10 –
      More a reinvention than a revival in classical                                                    Conference Team at
                                                       Lunch Sunday 12 January                
      culture, the phenomenon of the Italian
      Renaissance was a moment of profound             Fees (£): s 400 l 343 H 343 u 231
      historical significance that still resonates     Before the Reformation, the roads of
      today. This course will review the period        England were alive with pilgrims travelling
      and consider the cultural drivers which          to the shrines of the saints, hoping for
      helped shape the key achievements in             miracles and revelations. But it was also a
      literature, architecture, sculpture and          means of self-expression, in an age when
      painting. We will look at things both            opportunities were rare. This course
      chronologically and geographically and by        concentrates on English shrines –
      the end you will have a real grasp of key        Glastonbury, Walsingham and Canterbury
      events, people, places and, most importantly,    to name but three – and English saints like
      the art! All-comers welcome.                     Edmund, Cuthbert and Thomas Becket.
      Tutor: Wayne Bennett                             They were a focus for feelings of
                                                       nationhood and they tell us much about
                                                       how medieval people felt about themselves.
                                                       All-comers welcome. Tutor: Tim Porter
Have Your          Say

If you have ideas for courses or events
you would like to see in our programme,                                                       The War of the Roses 1450-1487
or you are a tutor keen to run a course at                                                    Dinner Friday 17 –
Dillington then we want to hear from you.                                                     Lunch Sunday 19 January
Send an email with your suggestions to       Reading Roman Inscriptions                       Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226
                                             Saturday 11 January                              The weakness of Henry VI led directly to                                                            open conflict. 1450 was a year of crisis, the
                                             Fee: £56
                                             The Roman Empire has left us thousands           first battle occurred in 1455, with more
                                             of inscriptions on stone, wood and metal,        1459-1461. Edward IV supplanted Henry,
                                             as well as large numbers of papyrus and          was then deposed and recovered his throne
                                             parchment documents, especially from             in 1471. His death in 1483 led to Richard
                                             Egypt. The day course will look at the           III’s reign until 1485. Several questions
                                             scripts used, the standard forms of text         follow: Why did the wars start, why did
                                             and the wide range of abbreviations, which       they persist and why did they end?
                                             often reveal the meaning of an inscription       Tutor: Edward Towne
                                             without any need to understand Latin!
                                             Tutor: Nick Griffiths                            Towards Enigma: Elgar’s
                                                                                              Masterpiece in Context
                                                                                              Dinner Friday 17 –
                                                                                              Lunch Sunday 19 January
                                                                                              Fees (£): s 399 l 342 H 342 u 230
                                                                                              Elgar’s Enigma Variations, created at the
                                                                                              threshold of the 20th century, is
                                                                                              undoubtedly a crucial turning-point in
                                                                                              British music. But, like all great works of
                                                                                              art, it didn’t really emerge completely ‘out
                                                                                              of the blue’ and in this course we shall
                                                                                              explore its intriguing background. The
                                             Jazz Age Chicago                                 influences on the composer were many
                                             Saturday 11 January                              and varied, from Beethoven and Schumann
                                             Fee: £56                                         to his compatriots Parry and Stanford.
                                             “The parties were bigger, the pace was faster,   Then, of course, there are the mysteries
                                             the buildings were higher and the morals were    that continue to surround it – though
                                             looser.” In 1920s Chicago, migration,            we can’t promise to solve all of those!
                                             prohibition and corruption provided the          Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones
                                             ideal environment for jazz and violent crime
                                             to flourish side by side. Louis Armstrong,
                                             Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines and Bix
                                             Beiderbecke were up-and-coming young
                                             men, as were Al Capone and Lucky Luciano.
                                             In this new course, we explore the jazz, the
                                             musicians, and their lives during that
                                             remarkable decade in the Windy City.
                                             Tutor: Mike Denham

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Conferences at Dillington

                                                                                             93% rate Dillington’s impression on
                                                                                             delegates as either very good or excellent

Dillington has twelve well -
equipped meeting rooms

If the purpose of a meeting or conference         either very good or excellent. Once inside,       tea with cake, close to 90% of respondents
is to engage, stimulate and inspire its           our staff demonstrates both friendliness and      perceived the quality of Dillington’s catering
participants, then the choice of venue            helpfulness – 91% of survey respondents           to be very good or excellent. Adding value to
has a critical role to play.                      scored our team as very good or excellent         your event is what Dillington is all about.
                                                  for these qualities. We endeavour to provide a
Customer feedback confirms that in all of         flexible and positive response to issues on the   If you need further information on our
these respects Dillington House delivers.         day, which so often arrive unexpectedly.          facilities or pricing for a meeting, conference,
                                                                                                    business dinner or group accommodation
On arrival, delegates will find ample parking     Dillington has twelve well-equipped meeting       please contact our Events Team on
and, if first impressions count, the impact of    rooms varying in size to meet most                01460 258648
the main house and its surrounding gardens        requirements and forty stylish en-suite 
is stunning. The contrast of the modern Hyde      bedrooms for residential events.
building with the architecture of the main site
works magnificently. An extensive survey of       Food always features as a key component in
our customers recently revealed that 93%          delegates’ enjoyment of the day. Whether it’s
rate Dillington’s impression on delegates as      a self-service hot fork buffet or afternoon
As this course is full we are running an
                                               additional day on Monday 20 April.
                                               Country Hares & Foxes Needle

                                               Felting Workshop
                                               Saturday 18 January
                                               Fee: £66 includes materials
                                               Love wool? Then you'll love needle felting!
                                               Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole
                                               Woolery will guide you step by step

                                               through the basic techniques of needle

                                               felting as well as sharing lot of tips and

                                               tricks that she has learnt along the way and

                                               her love and passion for local Dorset and

                                               British wool. By the end of the workshop

                                               you will have created your own country

                                               hare or fox out of beautiful wool ready for

                                               you to take home or, if you can part with
                                               them, to give to someone as a special gift.
                                               This workshop is suitable for both                 Mayflower 400 – West Country
                                               beginners or those with some experience            Connections to North America
                                               of needle felting. The price of the                Tuesday 21 January
                                               workshop includes all materials and a              Fee: £56
                                               needle felting kit, that you get to keep, take     2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the
Gothic 4:                                      home and carry on creating with. A fun,            sailing of the Mayflower, but what are the
The Forgotten Age, 1536-1836                   creative and inspiring day with friendly, like -   West Country connections to the ‘New
Dinner Friday 17 –                             minded people! Tutor: Carla Taylor                 World’. Some of the earliest settlers in
Lunch Sunday 19 January                                                                           Virginia, West Indies, Newfoundland and
Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226                                                                 New England came from the south-west.
For three hundred years Gothic                                                                    We will look at these early settlers and
architecture would play second fiddle to                                                          their impact on the development of these
the evolution of the Tudor, Elizabethan and                                                       new colonies. Who made good and made
Jacobean Renaissance, then the influence                                                          their fortune? Ideal for anyone interested
of French and Dutch styles. Finally the                                                           in local and migration history.
eighteenth century would see wave after                                                           Tutor: Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard
wave of Classicism, which was inspired by
the Grand Tour.Yet Gothic architecture         Power and Patronage: The Death
never disappeared. New churches were           of an Elite? The Changing
built, old ones repaired. Then in the middle   fortunes and roles of the non-                          “Thanks to all staff for
of the eighteenth century the ‘Gothick’        royal Dukes of the British Isles
style emerged bringing with it a renewed       with Mike Hope                                         maintaining such a high
                                                                                                     standard to the Dillington
interest in the Medieval period. The 1818
Church Building Act and the strong             Sunday 19 January 2.30pm
criticism levelled at the ‘Commissioner        Tickets £14 (includes tea and cake)
                                               Pre-booked carvery lunch available £18
Gothic style, would lead to the Gothic
Revival of the 19th century.                   How many current non-royal Dukedoms
Tutor: Mike Hope                               are there? Can you name them? Are they
                                               heading for extinction? This lecture will
                                               look specifically at the Ducal titles that
                                               remain, to reveal a fascinating picture of the
                                               state of British aristocracy at the highest
                                               level. After hundreds of years of continuous
                                               entitlement and privilege what does it mean
                                               for these families, not just in terms of
                                               cultural and political power and patronage
                                               but also in continuing to shape Britain and
                                               social attitudes in the twenty-first century.

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Week 1
                                                         Monday 3 February                                     GROUP BOOKINGS
                                                         Cut               Sylvia Plath
                                                         The Tender Place Ted Hughes
                                                                                                        With up to 40 bedrooms available,
                                                         Week 2                                         we welcome groups looking to stay
                                                         Monday 10 February                             somewhere special.

                                                         Lady Lazarus     Sylvia Plath                  For further details contact the
                                                         The Shot         Ted Hughes                    Conference Team at
                                                         Week 3
                                                         Monday 17 February
      The Life and Death                                 Morning Song     Sylvia Plath
                                                         Isis             Ted Hughes
      of a Love Affair
      This course takes place over six
      consecutive weeks, each session lasting            Week 4
      around two hours followed by a three-              Monday 24 February
      course lunch. Students can sign-up for             Daddy            Sylvia Plath
      the whole course or dip in and out.                The Minotaur     Ted Hughes
      DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor
      introduction if booked by 31 March 2020            Week 5
                                                         Monday 2 March
      Monday 3 February                                  Ariel              Sylvia Plath
      Fee: £25 per session (includes coffee              Sam                Ted Hughes                Crossroads in History -
      and three-course lunch)
                                                         Week 6                                       Fashioning 'Brand Tudor': Hans
      This course will be of interest to those who       Monday 9 March                               Holbein, his predecessors and
      enjoy poetry, engaging in discussion and want      Edge               Sylvia Plath              successors, 1485 - 1558
      to learn more about the poets and poetry itself.   Life after Death   Ted Hughes                Thursday 6 February
      This course encompasses the meeting,                                                            Fee: £33
      relationship and ultimate demise of Sylvia                                                      Morning session with three-course lunch
      Plath and Ted Hughes’ marriage through                       BOOK CLUB                          During this session we will observe how
                                                                                                      the early Tudors, like their European
      the lens of Plath’s poetry from Ariel and
      Hughes’ poetry 30 years later in The                         with Elizabeth Rapp                counterparts, came to develop and enlarge
      Birthday Letters. This course explores                                                          their status and power through the way
      the context of the poetry, the themes and                                                       they presented themselves to their publics,
      the psychological effects of their words on                                                     both in the flesh and in a range of media.
      audiences at the time and today, the                                                            Beginning with Henry VII, often
      reaction to Plath’s death, the life of Ted and                                                  overshadowed by his much-married son,
      their children afterwards and, ultimately, the                                                  we will examine how through the art of
      legacy of their words and deeds on 21st                        Tuesday 4 February               the period, most especially portraiture
      century readers.                                                                                and complex iconography within it, these
                                                           Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three -      monarchs promoted themselves on the
      The poetry and lives of the 20th century’s                       course lunch)                  national and international stage at a time
      most iconic literary couple give us pause            For this month’s Book Club, we will be     when the emergent superpowers, France
      for thought on this course that allows us to       discussing Mansfield Park by Jane Austen –   and Spain, dominated Western politics.
      access their poems, learning how to unpick                    published by Penguin.             We will observe the preponderance of
      their feelings from the words they left us                                                      Northern Renaissance artists in this
      and enabling us to look at their very public                                                    cultural propaganda exercise, most notably
      lives in a sensitive and thoughtful way.                                                        Hans Holbein but also others including
                                                                                                      William Scrots and Anthonis Mor during
      Participants will be given a copy of the                                                        the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I.
      poems in a bound booklet.                                                                       Includes extensive handouts.
      Tutor: Nims Gribler                                                                             Tutor: Joanna Cobb

Yoga, Mindfulness & Stress
Awareness Getaway
Tea Friday 7 – Lunch Sunday 9 February
Fees (£): s 410 l 353 H 353 u 241
Leave behind the busyness of the modern
world, your routine and responsibilities and
join like-minded people to relax and enjoy

a few days of mindfulness, yoga and stress
awareness. Suitable for all levels of ability
and experience, from those with a regular
yoga and meditation practice to those
wishing simply to discover what these are       The Real Ludwig Van Beethoven
all about. The workshop will include four
yoga practices, one yoga nidra, one             with Phil Grabsky
mindfulness and meditation session, a stress    Sunday 9 February 2.30pm
awareness session and a talk and meditation     Tickets £14 (includes tea and cake)
focussed on getting a good night’s sleep.       Pre-booked carvery lunch available £18
There will be plenty of time within the         Beethoven is undoubtedly one of the
schedule to rest, read, walk in the             greatest composers of all time – for some
countryside, chat with other guests or          he is the greatest.Yet he is much
simply relax and enjoy the beautiful            misunderstood. Phil Grabsky is a multi-        Celebrating Raphael
surroundings of Dillington House.               award-winning filmmaker who having made
Tutor: Bev Alderson                                                                            Monday 10 February
                                                a box office smash hit film about the ‘real’
                                                Mozart then went on a search for the ‘real’    Fee: £56
Selected Novels of Thomas Hardy                 Beethoven. His film ‘IN SEARCH OF              2020 sees the 500th anniversary of the
                                                BEETHOVEN’ was met with rave reviews           death of Raphael - perhaps the greatest
Dinner Friday 7 – Lunch Sunday 9 February                                                      High Renaissance painter. In this study day
Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226               and played in some cinemas around the
                                                world for months. Phil will be with us at      we will survey Raphael’s life and work in its
This course will explore some of the novels                                                    historical context. Special attention will be
by the 19th century writer. Hardy’s             Dillington (and not for the first time) to
                                                show us some clips and pick apart some of      paid to works by Raphael that can be seen
protagonists have an enduring appeal and                                                       in the UK, including the tapestry cartoons
his works offer valuable commentary on          the myths and misunderstandings that need
                                                to be corrected. In doing so, we can           held at the V&A. Tutor: Angie Smith

the social attitudes of the period. We will
consider the characterisation of his central    appreciate this extraordinary composer and
protagonists and the social and political       performer even more.
context of his work.
Tutor: Dr Greta Depledge
                                                                                                                   A delightful way to
Get to Know Your                                                                                                   spend your time,
Sewing Machine                                                                                                     relaxing in beautiful
Saturday 8 February                                                                                                surroundings and
Fee: £56                                                                                                           learning something
If you have just recently bought a sewing                                                       Valerie
machine or have never really understood                                                         Singleton OBE      fascinating.
how to use all the stitches and feet that
came with your sewing machine, then this
course is for you. Suitable for students new
to sewing, or just wanting to get the best
from a machine that perhaps has not been
used for a while. Gain the confidence to use
the machine to its full potential. Learn the
art of free machine embroidery, a fun and
creative technique.You will need to bring
your sewing machine to the course.
Tutor: Jenny Harrison

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                                                                                                       Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February
                                                                                                       Fee £117 includes all materials
                                                                                                       DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor
                                                      Creative Couching                                introduction if booked by 31 March 2020
                                                      Wednesday 12 February
      The Life and Death                              Fee: £68 includes materials                      This course is perfect for those with an interest
      of a Love Affair                                Come and enjoy a day learning how to             in typography, illustration, craft and graphic
      Monday 10 February                              couch threads in a huge variety of ways to       design.
      Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three             produce your own fabulous textural piece.        After mastering some basic cutting skills,
      course lunch)                                   A large selection of threads will be available   students will cut out a prepared design and
      DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor                   for your own experimentation. This               then design and cut out a monogram of
      introduction if booked by 31 March 2020         enjoyable and easy technique is SLOW             their initials. They will design a panel (A4
                                                      STITCH at its best, allowing each person to      max) using lettering and simple illustrations,
      This course takes place over six                develop their own design at their own pace.      this will be cut out. Then a more complex
      consecutive weeks, each session lasting         Friendly personal tuition will be given at       piece, which could be three dimensional.
      around two hours followed by a three-           every stage of the process.                      Students will develop their skills throughout
      course lunch. Students can sign-up for          Tutor: Helen Roskell                             the course as well as picking up top tips.
      the whole course or dip in and out.                                                              The course also embraces the history and
      This is the second session in our Sylvia                                                         current state of papercutting.
      Plath and Ted Hughes programme. This                                                             Accomodation can be booked, subject
      week students will look at Lady Lazarus                                                          to availability. Tutor: Christine Green
      by Sylvia Plath and The Shot by Ted Hughes.
      Tutor: Nims Gribler

      Mystery of the Moon –
      Creative Writing
      Wednesday 12 February
      Fee: £56
      From earliest times the Moon has inspired       Musicals: The Greatest Showman
      artists, poets and musicians to celebrate her   Wednesday 12 February
      mysterious beauty. We shall discuss             Fee: £56
      medieval cosmology from Ptolemy to              Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have burst onto         The Life and Death
                                                      the movie musicals scene with box-office-
      Copernicus and Galileo culminating in the
                                                      busting films that seamlessly blend classic      of a Love Affair
      moon landing by Apollo 11. We shall share                                                        Monday 17 February
      lunar myths from Greece, Rome and Egypt         musical theatre sounds with contemporary
      to stimulate our writing, together with         pop styles; re-imagining what a ‘movie           Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three -
      music and a variety of poems celebrating        musical’ can be. Get to know these dynamic       course lunch)
      the many moods and influences of the            young writers and their work as we learn         DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor
      Moon on our world through the tides she         to sing songs from The Greatest Showman          introduction if booked by 31 March 2020
      creates. Shared work is a source of             and their other shows. There’s no need to        This is the third session in our Sylvia Plath
      imagination and energy we all enjoy. All -      read music notation as we’ll be learning         and Ted Hughes Programme. This week
      comers welcome whether new to writing           using lyric sheets and all levels of             students will look at Morning Song by Sylvia
      or experienced poets!                           experience are welcome.                          Plath and Isis by Ted Hughes.
      Tutor: Elizabeth Rapp                           Tutor: Jo Sercombe                               Tutor: Nims Gribler

Piecing Together the Past:
                                                                                                   Archaeology Revealed
                                                                                                   Dinner Friday 21 – Lunch
                                                                                                   Sunday 23 February
                                                                                                   Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226
                                                                                                   Twenty-first century archaeology employs a
                                                   You The Jury –                                  dizzying array of techniques to analyse

                                                   Casebook Number 5                               ancient remains. This course will help you
                                                   Wednesday 19 February                           to become an archaeologist and learn how
                                                                                                   to do everything from analysing prehistoric
                                                   Fee: £56                                        pots to dating human remains. In hands-on
                                                   Over the course of the day we will be           sessions with real finds you will discover for
                                                   considering two different real-life cases of    yourself how we go about piecing together
                                                   murder which occurred in England between        the past to reveal the secrets of our
Art and Fire                                       1900-1975. Participants will be expected to     ancestors. Along the way you will learn how
Monday 17 February                                 listen to the evidence, making notes as they    to recognise ancient stone tools, develop
Fee: £61                                           go, then discuss the case and attempt to        skills in analysing pottery and find out how
This course will be of interest to those who       reach a verdict, based on what they have        to apply archaeological concepts to date
enjoy art history and/or have an interest in the   heard. No advance reading or knowledge          finds and sites. By the end of the weekend
representations of fire in art.                    of the English judicial system is needed.       you will know how scientific analysis can
                                                   The cases chosen for your consideration         divine details of the technological
The day features a great variety of art            will not be revealed in advance and, just as
from 1500 to the present day. It features                                                          achievements, diet and travel habits of even
                                                   in the real Jury Room, everyone will be         the long dead. All-comers welcome.
paintings of candles, fires on land and at sea,    requested to switch off all electronic
volcanoes, bonfires, ironworks, war and                                                            Tutor: Dr Nick Snashall
                                                   devices and put aside any pre-conceived
apocalyptic visions. Artists include               ideas they may have, if they do happen to
Rembrandt and Gerrit van Honthorst,                have heard or read anything about either of
Joseph Wright of Derby, J. M. W. Turner            these cases previously. The cases have been
(The Burning of the Houses of Parliament),         selected with an eye to the insight they can
John Martin (The Great Day of His Wrath),          give us on various aspects of our judicial
Stanley Spencer (Fire Alight), Claude              system and social history and, at the end of
Rogers, John Piper, John Nash and Graham           the day, the verdicts reached by the original
Sutherland. A wide-ranging look at art and         juries will of course be revealed. No
conflagration. Tutor: Dr Jan Cox                   advance preparation is required, but
                                                   students will find a pen, a notebook and an
John Minton: His Life and Art                      open mind invaluable. Although these are all
Tuesday 18 February                                real cases, no distressing crime scene
Fee: £61                                           photographs will be used.
This course will be of interest to those who       Tutor: Diane Janes                              Guitar Orchestra Weekend

enjoy art history and/or culture in Britain in                                                     Dinner Friday 21 – Lunch
the 1940s and 1950s.                                                                               Sunday 23 February
The course looks at the life and art of John                                                       Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226
Minton (1917-1957), a key figure at the                                                            A unique musical experience for classical
Royal College of Art in the 1950s, and
inhabitant of the Colony Club in Soho,                         DON’T MISS OUT                      guitarists of all ages and of varying abilities
                                                                                                   (but not complete beginners). The emphasis
where he mixed with Lucien Freud and
Francis Bacon. The course examines                             BOOK EARLY                          is on participation, with students working in
                                                                                                   a non-competitive and supportive
Minton’s career as a painter, designer and                                                         environment. Parts of the orchestra range
illustrator, including the cookery book                                                            in difficulty from elementary (Grade 2) to
covers for Elizabeth David. We look at the                                                         advanced (Grade 8) and are allocated in
2018 BBC Documentary “The Lost Man                                                                 accordance with each students’ playing
of British Art”, in which actor Mark Gatiss                                                        standard. The music required for the course
stressed Minton’s vital role.                                                                      will be made available one month before
Tutor: Dr Jan Cox                                                                                  hand, to allow for some advance
                                                                                                   preparation. Tutor: Peter Rueffer

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             in style


Social Events & Celebrations                                               For information and to
Dillington is the perfect setting for any occasion, such as a birthday     arrange a viewing contact
celebration, wedding anniversary, a wake, family reunions and              the Events Team
Christmas parties.
                                                                           01460 258648
We can seat any number up to 150 for a meal and 200 for a party. 
With 40 en-suite bedrooms we can accommodate up to 78 guests.    

Watercolour Winter Landscape                                                                      Architecture and the
Dinner Friday 21 – Lunch                                                                          English Wool Trade
Sunday 23 February                                                                                Wednesday 26 February
Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226                                                                 Fee: £61
The winter scenery allows us really to see                                                        This course looks at the way the wool
the structure and shapes of hedgerows and                                                         trade changed the architecture of England.
trees. Beautiful textures of bark, moss and                                                       It concentrates on two periods when the

lichen are combined with wonderful curves                                                         trade brought great prosperity to large
and twists of branches and boughs. An                                                             parts of the country: the Middle Ages, when
opportunity to develop your individual style                                                      the stunning churches of the Cotswolds and
of watercolour painting with some close                                                           East Anglia were built, and when
observation and a range of more                                                                   picturesque towns like Lavenham sprang
experimental watercolour techniques. For                                                          into prominence, and the 18th century, with
those that may like to add a wintry crow,                                                         its often large water-powered mills and
owl or even a beetle there will be plenty of                                                      extraordinary market buildings.
help and references to hand and, of course,                                                       Tutor: Philip Wilkinson
we have the wonderful grounds at                 The Life and Death
Dillington to inspire us. Tutor: Shari Hills     of a Love Affair                                 DNA – And Family
                                                 Monday 24 February                               History Research
Four Early Medieval Christians                   Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three -            Friday 28 February
Saturday 22 February                             course lunch)                                    Fee: £56
Fee: £56                                         DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor                    The session will look at DNA results from
What inspired medieval men and women to          introduction if booked by 31 March 2020          Ancestry and My Heritage. How can we
give their lives to God? We will examine         This is the fourth session in our Sylvia Plath   use these results to help us in our family
the lives and writings of four very different    and Ted Hughes Programme. This week              history research, break down some
individuals: St Benedict, Hildegard of Bingen,   students will look at Daddy by Sylvia Plath      brickwalls and find long lost cousins.
Francis of Assisi and Julian of Norwich.         and The Minotaur by Ted Hughes.                  DNA is becoming very popular but a lot
Benedict’s Rule for Monasteries was a            Tutor: Nims Gribler                              of people don’t know what to do with the
foundational text throughout the Middle                                                           results, using them like another tool in the
Ages; Hildegard was a gifted abbess. In
contrast, Francis of Assisi saw himself as       Great British Brands                             kit we use for researching family history.
                                                 Tuesday 25 February                              Only suitable for those who have done, and
‘the little poor man’. Julian of Norwich was                                                      have the results of an Ancestry DNA test
a hermit who has left us a vivid account of      Fee: £61                                         and maybe have uploaded those results to
her visions. All-comers welcome.                 Britain’s manufacturers have created famous      My Heritage for free. Bring laptops along.
Tutor: Sister Elizabeth Rees                     and unforgettable brands that have become        Tutor: Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard
                                                 part of our lives. Their stories are tales of
Nature’s Other Minstrels: Bird                   heroic individual endeavour, dedicated
Poems of the Romantic Poets                      workers, and instantly recognisable
                                                 advertising and design. This course tells the    Summer School
Saturday 22 February                             story of some of the greatest and most
Fee: £56                                         enduring: Bird’s custard, Cadbury’s, Twining’s
Bird song has long been associated with          tea, Tate and Lyle, and others that stick in
British poetry, especially in the Romantic       our minds, enliven our tables, and bring
period, 1780s to 1820s. This may explain         back happy memories.
why the nightingale became the most              Tutor: Philip Wilkinson
celebrated bird in English verse. The
course will focus on poems by Coleridge,
Wordsworth, Keats, Clare and Shelley - not
only about nightingales, but also the skylark,
the cuckoo, the snipe and the owl. How                                                            see page 55
successfully did the poets enter the natural
world of these birds? We shall explore their
perspective on each bird – from the
ethereal to the terrestrial, from the
fanciful to the carefully observed.
Tutor: Jane Crozier

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      Ancient Egyptian Artistry in Glass
      with Lucia Gahlin                                                                              Goldwork Bees with
      Friday 28 February 1.00pm                                                                      Beads and Appliquѐ
      Tickets £25 (three-course lunch &                                                              Dinner Friday 28 February –
                                                                                                     Lunch Sunday 1 March
      The ancient Egyptians began making glass                                                       Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226
      c1450 BC following the introduction of the                                                     This course focuses on a range of
      technique from Syria. The Egyptians were                                                       techniques to create a beautiful decorative
      soon highly skilled at producing a range of                                                    picture featuring goldwork bees in flight
      object types in coloured glass. In this                                                        around a cluster of appliquéd, beadwork
      lecture Lucia will explore how the ancient                                                     and goldwork flowers. Students will learn
      Egyptians produced glass objects and the                                                       techniques including felt padding, cut
      wonderful range of object types, including                                                     goldwork, contemporary use of pearl purl
                                                                                                     on a honeycomb-textured net base.
      vessels, inlay, beads, amulets, figures and    Nile Deities of Upper Egypt and                 Students can work their own version of the
      even headrests. She will examine the
      developments in glass manufacture from the     their Temples at Esna, Kom                      design, arranging flowers and bees to suit
      15th century BC through to the Roman           Ombo and Elephantine                            the piece’s final purpose, or can follow the
      Period in Egypt, and will show images of       Dinner: Friday 28 February –                    tutor’s plan. The class will suit stitchers who

      many of the vibrantly-coloured glass objects   Lunch Sunday 1 March                            have done some embroidery before.
      surviving from this great civilisation. All-   Fees (£): s 395 l 338 H 338 u 226               Tutor: Clare Clensy
      comers welcome.                                Life in Ancient Egypt revolved around the

                                                                                                      Have Your
                                                     river Nile, so it is hardly surprising that a
                                                     number of the gods and goddesses of the
                                                     ancient Egyptian pantheon was associated
                                                     with aspects of riverine life and the Nile’s
                                                     annual inundation. During this course we
                                                     will explore the deities Sobek, Hapi, Khnum,
                                                     Satet and Anuket and the rituals and
                                                     mythology associated with them. We will
                                                     take a guided tour of the temples of Esna,
                                                     Kom Ombo and Elephantine, exploring
                                                     their architecture and extensive reliefs and     If you have ideas for courses or events
                                                     inscriptions carved on their walls. We will      you would like to see in our programme,
                                                     discuss these intricate scenes and texts and     or you are a tutor keen to run a course at
                                                     find them a window into ancient Egyptian         Dillington, then we want to hear from you.
                                                     belief and thought. All-comers welcome.
                                                     Tutor: Lucia Gahlin                              Send an email with your suggestions to

From Elizabeth to Anne: A
Century of English Music
Dinner: Friday 28 February –
Lunch Sunday 1 March
Fees (£): s 411 l 354 H 354 u 242
People’s lives in Elizabethan England were
often more turbulent, and far more

dangerous, than we experience today.
Conflicts of politics and religion were
reflected in music and the life of composers
like Byrd and Philips and could bring death
or exile to some. A hundred years later, this
nation had achieved a sort of stability and
renewed its enthusiasm for music and
culture. Using recorded examples and live
performance Steven Devine, Kate Semmens
and Colin Booth will trace the changes                                                          Concert Two Harpsichords and
during the 17th century bringing by the                                                         Kate Semmens
turn of the new century under Queen                                                             Sunday 1 March 2.30pm
Anne, a more democratic enjoyment of                                                            Tickets £16 (under 18s £8)
music in the completely new style of            Three Ways to Paint an Abstract                 Includes tea or coffee during the interval
masters like Purcell and Croft. The course                                                      Pre-booked carvery lunch available £18
will culminate in a Sunday afternoon            Saturday 29 February
                                                Fee: £56                                        Harpsichordists Steven Devine and Colin
concert, featuring soprano with two                                                             Booth are joined by soprano Kate
harpsichords. Tutors: Colin Booth,              “What does it mean, jellybean?... Even if I
                                                knew, I could only know what I thought it       Semmens in a journey through the music
Steven Devine and Kate Semmens                                                                  of 17th century England.
                                                meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011)
                                                Abstract art may be over one hundred            Keyboard pieces, duos and songs from the
                                                years old as a genre, but it can still baffle   court of Elizabeth I form a startling contrast
                                                and provoke as much as it intrigues and         with the new style espoused by Purcell and
                                                excites. This one-day, practical course in      his contemporaries after the Restoration of
                                                acrylics demystifies the art form by looking    Charles II in 1660.
                                                at the fundamentals of all painting from an     By the time of the reign of Queen Anne, an
                                                art historical perspective, before guiding      even more modern style was forming,
                                                participants through the creation of three      sowing the seeds of a further evolution in
                                                very different abstract works. Suitable for     music in the early part of the new 18th
                                                all abilities and attitudes (from doubters to   century.
                                                the plain curious), this course is for anyone   Our concert will feature stunning highlights
                                                who wishes to gain more confidence with         of English music, from the Renaissance to
                                                their colours as well as their brushwork.       the Baroque.
Images of Rome:                                 Tutor: David Chandler
The Grand Tour and After
Saturday 29 February                            Conferences
Fee: £56
Although we may visit Rome to make
contact with the remains of ancient Roman
civilisation, the Rome that we see is very
much a product of artistic and aesthetic
ideas of the last 200 years. The course will
explore how the remains of the ancient and
medieval past have been modified, adapted
and restored, to create the Rome we see
today. Tutor: Richard Henderson
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Crossroads in History -
                                                      Constructing the Elizabethan
                                                      ideal and its legacy
                                                      Thursday 5 March
                                                      Fee: £33
                                                      Morning session with three-course lunch
                                                      During this session we will examine how
                                                      Elizabeth I strove to refine the Tudor
                                                      propaganda machine even further through
                                                      employing some of the most celebrated and
                                                      accomplished artists of her time, including

                                                      Nicholas Hilliard, Levina Teerlinc and
                                                      Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger. This she
                                                      did through a vast range of media, including
      The Life and Death                              portraiture, print, miniature, coinage, the
      of a Love Affair                                decorative arts, architecture, literature and    Music, Masonry and Manuscripts:
                                                      music, and by employing the most                 An Inspirational Journey Through
      DISCOUNT OF 10% for New Tutor                   sophisticated of allegorical devices.
      introduction if booked by 31 March 2020         Through these means Elizabeth sought             Medieval England with Mark
      Monday 2 March                                  to place 'Brand Tudor' centre-stage during a     Cottle
      Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three -           period of religious and political uncertainty,   Friday 6 March 1.00pm
      course lunch)                                   cementing her own status as Supreme              Tickets £25 (three-course lunch &
      This is the fifth session in our Sylvia Plath   Governor over her nation and an                  lecture)
      and Ted Hughes Programme. This week             embryonic empire, as well as a key player        The music, architecture and manuscript
      students will look at Ariel by Sylvia Plath     in international diplomacy and war. The          illumination of medieval England are among
      and Sam by Ted Hughes.                          session will conclude by examining how this      the greatest achievements of any period
      Tutor: Nims Gribler                             'brand' has endured and been reinvented in       of English cultural history. The aim of the
                                                      subsequent centuries. Includes                   lecture is to open a window onto this
                 BOOK CLUB
                                                      comprehensive handouts.                          remarkable world to capture something
                                                      Tutor: Joanna Cobb                               of the essence of its religion and secular
                                                                                                       music, its Romanesque and Gothic
                  with Elizabeth Rapp                                                                  cathedrals and its equally rich span of
                                                               GROUP BOOKINGS                          manuscript illumination, both sacred and
                                                                                                       profane. Essentially inspirational and
                                                                                                       aspirational, these are forms of artistic
                                                        With up to 40 bedrooms available,              endeavour which can touch the sublime.
                                                        we welcome groups looking to stay              All-comers welcome.
                                                        somewhere special.
                   Tuesday 3 March
                                                        For further details contact the                Watercolour – The
         Fee: £25 (includes coffee and three                                                           Importance of Tone in Painting
                                                        Conference Team at
                    course lunch)                                                                      Lunch Friday 6 – Lunch Sunday 8 March
        For this month’s Book Club, we will be                                                         Fees (£): s 437 l 380 H 380 u 268
      discussing The Salt Path by Raynor Winn –                                                        If you know the basics of washes, colour
                 published by Penguin.                                                                 and mixing and want to take the next steps
                                                                                                       this course is designed for intermediate
                                                                                                       students and will deal with the fascinating
                                                                                                       subject of tone. We will examine if tone is
                                                                                                       more important than colour and, if so, why.
                                                                                                       This is a chance to explore this subject
                                                                                                       using traditional watercolour techniques
                                                                                                       and improve your observational skills. Learn
                                                                                                       how to adapt and improve subject matter
                                                                                                       to create more exciting paintings.
                                                                                                       Tutor: Clare DuVergier

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