The Guildford Institute

The Guildford Institute

Description

The Guildford Institute was founded, as the Guildford Mechanics Institute, in 1834, as part of a nation-wide response to the demands of the Industrial Revolution and social change. Rooms were hired for meetings and classes. Lectures and classes were organised. A library and a museum were set up. By the end of the 19th century the Institute was a focus for cultural and social life and was well supported by all sections of the community. After the Second World War, the Institute was in decline as other government bodies took over many of its educational functions. In the late 1970s a Council of Management sought solutions. In 1982 the future of the Institute was assured by a merger in partnership with the University of Surrey.

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...Amelia Edwards, a successful journalist and author, spent six months travelling up the Nile in 1874. Using contemporary photographs and extracts from her best-seller... Learn about: Ancient History... More


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...the course explores the impact at national and regional level, from Henry VIII to the Glorious Revolution, and includes the experience of Guildford... Learn about: Ancient History... More


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...Artists will include, among others, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and Wyndham Lewis and we will consider War Memorials and their significance. We will... Learn about: Ancient History... More


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...(also a World War I artist), Leslie Cole and Stephen Bone to name but a few. We will also study some lesser-known artists of the time. Where appropriate... Learn about: Ancient History, Social History... More


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...mountains have been ground to dust; and life has emerged from its hydrothermal origins to transform the planet. What more do we know, and how can we be so sure?... More


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...including news and views as well as exchange of cultural information. Suitable for intermediate to advanced level. New students are welcome to join the established group... Learn about: French Speaking, Intensive French... More


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...and to learn useful conventions for better results at Duplicate. Also "What you Will" - i.e. students' choice of topic (all $64,000 questions answered!)... More


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Catherine Ferguson
Catherine Ferguson
MA PhD PGCE

Clive  Barham Carter
Clive Barham Carter
MA

Hilary Underwood
Hilary Underwood
BA MPhil

Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser
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Kevin Attree
Kevin Attree
BSc MSc

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