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What’s coming up in our autumn brochure

25th July 2022

Our new autumn brochure is out now, jam-packed with over 70 courses, talks, visits and events on offer. With so much to choose from, we thought we’d give a helping hand by highlighting just some of our activities to look out for…

Autumn 2022 brochure cover: Colourful Leaves by Alice Charman

Celebrating Festivals Around the World

To mark the number of cultural and religious festivals that take place around the globe each autumn, this term we are set to celebrate Festivals Around the World, with a number of our activities taking inspiration from this theme.

Autumn brochure: Open book in the centre, on a blanket surrounded by orange leaves and red apples.

*Sold out* Seasons of Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness, Thursday 29 September, 10am – 12.30pm

What better way to embrace the turn of the season than by enjoying the sounds of autumn poetry? Join tutor Carol Perrett and explore John Keat’s ode To Autumn, which celebrates autumn’s harvest bounty.

Autumn brochure: two skulls; one white and one navy blue. Elaborately decorated with bright colourful patterns in green, orange, pink and red.

Spirits and Demons: The Day of the Dead, Halloween and English Folk Traditions, Monday 31 October, 2.30pm – 3.45pm

Did you know that Mexico’s Day of the Dead shares it origins with Protestant England’s Halloween traditions? Join us for some Halloween-themed food and drink whilst enjoying this topical talk from tutor, author and local historian Kathy Atherton.

Autumn brochure: two wine glasses in the foreground; one filled with red wine and the other with white wine. Foliage and berries in the background.

Festive Wine Tasting, Friday 4 November, 7pm – 9pm

Plan ahead and get your Christmas activities in the diary! Join experienced tutor Jeremy and learn about some of the best wines to serve your guests. In this engaging workshop, he will guide you through a selection of handpicked festive wines, perfect for your Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Marking 130 Years in our Ward Street home

Autumn brochure: Looking down Guildford high street at sunset; cobbled paving with the prominent Guildhall clock.

The Guildford Institute’s 130-Year Anniversary & Guildford History Question Time, Friday 7 October, 3pm – 4.30pm

2022 marks 130 years of being in our building! Raise a glass and join us for a brief look at our history, with a Question Time style Q&A made up of a panel of local experts including Martin Giles, David Rose, Matthew Alexander and David Calow.

Spark your imagination with our courses

Art History

Painting the Borderlands: A Short History of Ukrainian Art. 12 September – 3 October, 10am – 12.30pm (face to face); 12 September – 14 November, 7pm – 8.15pm (online)

We are delighted to welcome back popular tutor Louise Hardiman and trust us, you won’t want to miss out on her course! Explore artists and artworks, and consider the specific historical geographic contexts of art in Ukraine. There is lots of flexibility with this course, with the option to attend face to face during the day or online in the evening.

Environmental Science

Autumn brochure: satellite view of earth.

Climate Change Ancient and Modern, 7 – 21 October, 10am – 12pm

We are very lucky to have another popular tutor returning to the Institute this term – Dr Colin P. Summerhayes. Join him for his topical course and consider the human race’s impact on the planet and Earth’s climate evolution.

Drawing & Painting

Autumn brochure: painted image of pink and purple hydrangeas with green leaves.

Bubble Painting with Hydrangeas, Friday 28 October, 1pm – 4pm

This may just be one of the easiest and most fun watercolour flower painting projects, because you don’t even have to ‘paint’. Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to learn something new!

Autumn brochure: Valencian tile from Woking Palace; dark blue with a white pattern.

The History of Surrey in 50 Fascinating Objects, 4 – 25 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Love local history? Inspired by the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, join much-loved tutor Lorraine Spindler and examine objects from around Surrey that reflect its fascinating history.

Explore local gems and venture further afield with our visits

Autumn brochure: Exterior view of Gilbert White's House.

Gilbert White’s House and Gardens, Wednesday 7 September, 10.30am – 3pm – Coach Visit

Join us for a tour of the beautiful house which was once the home of pioneering 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White and is now an eclectic museum, gardens and visitor centre. The visit includes refreshments, a private tour, free time to explore and the opportunity to view White’s 18th century Brewhouse. Make sure this day out is booked in your diaries!

Autumn brochure: Painting of St. Michael's Abbey in the distance. Green foliage and trees in the foreground.

St. Michael’s Abbey, Wednesday 21 September, 2pm – 3pm – Make Your Own Way Visit

For those who enjoy shorter visits, our trip to St. Michael’s Abbey is perfect for you! St. Michael’s Abbey is a monastery and imperial mausoleum based in Farnborough and is best known as the resting place of the last Bonaparte Emperor. Enjoy a private, hour-long guided tour of the church and crypt.

Enjoy our Window on the World talks

Autumn brochure: Exterior view of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre: The Next Stage, with Joanna Reid, Chief Executive, Wednesday 28 September, 3pm – 4.15pm

We love to team up with other local organisations wherever possible! The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents vibrant drama for the people of Surrey and beyond. Hear first-hand from its Chief Executive, Joanna Reid, about the recent period of transformation.

Sex Marriage and the Church in the Medieval Period, with Brian Creese, Wednesday 12 October, 3pm – 4.15pm

Only recently has marriage been a civil matter. For most of our past, marriage has been a family matter mediated by the church and subject to a bewildering set of ever-changing criteria. Did the medieval church support young lovers? Why were panels of women assembled to assess the virility of a husband? And just how celibate were the priests, monks and bishops of the medieval church? This talk will answer those questions and more.

We hope this has given you a taste of the range of activities we have available as part of our autumn brochure! All of our events are available to browse in our digital brochure. Alternatively, if you’re passing by, pop in and pick up a printed copy.