LCA Classes

General and course enquiries should be directed to Reception at the Lymington Centre by using the general contact form here.

Enrolment and Payment of Fees
To book a place, students should fill in the form below or contact The Lymington Centre Reception directly before attending, as numbers are limited for some courses. This may be due to the limitations of seating in the available accommodation or because the lecturer has set a maximum class size . Course fees become payable at enrolment. This can be done via Reception or at the first class in the course.

Cheques should be made payable to “Lymington Community Association”. We are also able to accept payment by debit or credit card at Reception.



American Literature 1918 - 1936

Dr Denise Hanrahan- Wells
10am - 12 Noon, 2 Hours , Course start Tuesday 6th October
Half term 27th October 2020
LCA Members £100, Non-LCA Members £110
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

This ten week course will explore three selected novels: Willa Cather, My Antonia; F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night; and William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom. These fascinating novels each engage with specific moments of American history and we will consider topics such as the pioneer experience, the conflicted lifestyle of the hedonism of 1920s America and the so-called ‘Lost Generation’ of American writers, as well as the long reaching legacy of the American Civil War.

The course commences at 10 am on 6th October until 12 noon, with a mid-morning coffee break. It will open with Cather’s, My Antonia, for three weeks until half-term commencing 26th October. The course resumes on 3rd November for seven weeks in which we study   Tender is the Night for 3 weeks, followed by Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom for a further four weeks.

The course tutor is Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells, a highly experienced teacher from    Winchester University, whose specialism is American literature and history.

For further information please contact Dr Elizabeth Chell, Secretary, Lymington Centre     Literary Group.     E:, M: 07534300027


Summer 2021

History One Day Course with Lunch

Roy Doughty
11am - 2pm, 3 Hours , Thursday 29th April 2021
Half term
LCA Members £12.50 , Non-LCA Members £15.00
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

The History of British Slave Ownership has long been buried: now it’s at last revealed through an American TV genealogy celebrity show with a movie star appearing on the show together with some exceptionally dedicated historical research from a young British Nigerian professor of history now himself a UK TV celebrity through his sound indeed quite excellent historical research on British slave ownership.

This is a one day history workshop to be held on Thursday 29th April 2021 commencing at 11.00 and concluding at 14.00 with a one hour lunch break between 12.00 and 13.00. Lunch and soft drinks are provided for all students within the course fee. This one day workshop will be held in the Community Centre’s Malt Cinema.

The theme of the workshop is in looking into our past through the lens of a recent BBC 2 TV documentary and involves a young British Nigerian academic historian, Dr David Olusago who in 2016 whilst at Exeter University and then later when considerably less famous, searched the documents that compelled Hollywood actor, producer and screen-writer Ben Affleck to issue a public apology forcing the highly regarded US public service (PBS) TV broadcast network to launch its own internal investigation which finally resulted in a historical feature that appeared in Britain’s Guardian newspaper during July 2015 so releasing a trove of original documents about some 46,000 British Caribbean sugar plantation slave owners, including relatives of George Orwell and William Ewart Gladstone. Prof. Olusago released his research during the production of a US TV show named Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show in with Affleck appearing as a distant grandfather, a wealthy plantation slave owner.

Olusoga has recently completed his second BBC2 TV social history series with the origins of both TV history series routed in his first history TV series that ran in July 2015 and was based upon his outstanding research findings following his investigations into the activities and findings of the then virtually unknown UK’s Slavery Compensation Commission of 1834 which had its origins in the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that in turn followed the Great Reform Act of 1832.

David Olusoga was the first history academic to research the UK Home Office T71 files now in the National Archives at Kew which have lain dormant for over 180 years. Consequently, David Olusago revealed the size and impact of the financial compensations to slave owners made during the 1840s’ such that this national payment accounted for over 40% of the UK government’s expenditure in 1834, or when compared to the average years government expenditure at current 1834 rates was the same as for today’s UK National Health Service, all the UK’s Education Services and the total UK’s Defence Industry. His article was published in The Guardian and the Observer in July 2015 and also The Economist and The Financial Times, all leading to its later successful BBC2 TV series entitled Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (with access to the “Legacies of British Slave Ownership database”).

Our one day history workshop provides the course background findings and conclusions and of fascination, their modern day impact when placing the 1834 financial compensation packages into their modern day 2020 currency and the value context.

The 46,000 British slave owners in 1834 received a total of £20 million which equates to £16 billion in today’s money, capital gains tax exempt. Ex. Prime Minister David Cameron’s family was one of the largest recipients of such funds amongst many famous family names of today.


Summer 2021

General Art and Drawing: An Art Course for those wishing to explore a range of media.

Caroline Bannon
Tuesdays 09.15am -11:15am, 10 weeks, Tuesday 20th April 2021
Half term Tuesday 1st June 2021
LCA Members £95, Non-LCA Members £100
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

A practical 10 week art course that encompasses a range of drawing and painting media. These are explored in the context of a project that evolves over the 10 week period.
Students are encouraged to develop their work, under the guidance of the tutor, towards a personal style.
Please bring art materials of your choice to the first class.

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