Lecture Courses

Maureen James currently offers a number of lecture courses, as detailed below. Each of these courses can also be adapted for day schools. Maureen is willing to run courses within a comfortable driving distance of her home in the Fens or by train if arrangements can be made to transport her from the station to the venue and back.

Each section on this page contains additional material to support the courses of lectures. Click on the link of the appropriate course in the categories column on the right of this page, and then you can download the relevant documents as PDFs:

Myths and Legends of East Anglia

A look at some of the more popular myths and legends of the East Anglia, including an exploration of the people who told stories, where they were told, and when. Each session will also include locational details, regional variants of the tale and what it can teach us about local history. This course, which is in an illustrated lecture format, with relevant audio and visual clips to enhance learning, was previously known as Myths and Legends of Cambridgeshire and the Fens.

Exploring Cambridgeshire and Fenland Folklore

This course explores some of the common folk beliefs and the customs that punctuated the rural year for the people of the Fens, including parts of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. The course, which is wonderful for encouraging reminiscenses, is in an illustrated lecture format, with relevant audio and visual clips to enhance learning, will also look at why some of the customs survived or were revived. 

Thomas Clarkson and the Abolition of Slavery

Thomas Clarkson played an instrumental role in the campaign to abolish the slave trade and slavery. This course explores his work and also looks at the reasons why many people do not know about his achievements. The sessions, which are in an illustrated lecture format, also include relevant audio and visual clips to enhance learning. For more information about Thomas Clarkson click on the link of the side bar of this page.   

The Wars of the Roses

Exploring the turbulent period in history when the Houses of Lancaster and York fought for control of the English throne. This lively course, which is in an illustrated lecture format, also includes relevant audio and visual clips to enhance learning, and covers the period from the death of Edward III to the reign of Henry VII. 

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Courses (which have been on offer since 2014) have been run with the following groups:

Buntingford (BALFFA), Great Gransden (Carry on Learning), Downham Market Lecture Society and WEA groups at Alconbury, Bluntisham, Bottisham, Burwell, Chatteris, Cottenham, Ely, Godmanchester, Haddenham, Hemingford Grey, Hitchin (Herts), Ickleton, March, Risely (Beds), Royston, Swaffham, Upwood, Yaxley,

 

 

To enquire about booking a course of lectures please use the contact form at the top of this page.