Zooming through the past – Season 2

The MANCENT history and literature tutors are offering two programmes of classes through the online conference facility Zoom – https://zoom.us/
We have tested the platform and find it to be remarkably easy to use and accessible.


Tuesday series:

Session 1: 16th June

  • Kevin Harrison – ‘How did it come to this?’ The Origins of the British Civil Wars to 1642
  • Tim Cockitt – The 1642 Siege of Manchester

Session 2: 23rd June

  • Creina Mansfield – Can all stories be reduced to a few plots?
  • Alan Sennett – Casablanca and American foreign policy

Session 3: 30th June

  • Alan Sennett – The Origins of World War One
  • Tim Cockitt – Manchester’s Experience of World War One
  • Steve Millward – The Music of World War One

Session 4: 7th July

  • Birgitta Hoffmann – German Romanticism: From fairy tale to a past that never was.
  • Kevin Harrison – Mussolini’s Roman Empire: A fairy-tale of a past that once was and might be again.

Session 5: 14th July

  • Dave Kissack – Thomas Edison and Recording
  • Steve Millward – The music of the phonograph

Wednesday series

Session 1: 17th June

  • Steve Millward – English Civil War music
  • Kevin Harrison – The Civil Wars: from Charles raising his Standard (1642) to the execution of the King (1649)

Session 2: 24th June

  • Tim Cockitt – Jacobites of 1745
  • Creina Mansfield – Walter Scott’s Waverley

Session 3: 1st July

  • Birgitta Hoffmann – The myth of the good. How Rome and Greece defined our view of good governance.
  • Kevin Harrison – Atlantis: An ancient Greek mystery & modern myth

Session 4: 8th July

  • Tim Cockitt – Military eccentrics
  • Creina Mansfield – The General

Session 5: 15th July

  • Creina Mansfield – Cressida Connolly’s After the Party
  • Alan Sennett – Oswald Mosley and British Fascism

Tuesdays: 5 sessions
Dates: from 16th June to 14th July 2020   Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm

Wednesdays: 5 sessions
Dates:  from 17th June to 15th July 2020   Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm

Virtual Learning Platform:   ZOOM

Price per Session: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£5 4 60

Price for the Entire Session: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£25 4 60


Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£25 4 60


We are running this on the same basis as series 1.  If you are already on our mailing list there is no need for you to let us know, since we will just treat it as a continuation of the existing ZTP course.

If you have not attended the first ZTP Series, then please email Alan Sennett: a.sennett@open.ac.uk


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