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.


Autumn 2021

Women Writers of the Mid-twentieth Century

Denise Hanrahan- Wells PhD
10am - 12 Noon, 2 Hours , Course start Tuesday 5th October 2021 for 10 weeks
Half term
LCA Members £100, Non-LCA Members £110
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

This course will read four novels from the mid twentieth century in order to explore different versions of female identity. We will engage with themes which include the tensions of domestic life, moral ambiguity, the challenges of single motherhood, and issues of sanity and control.

Set texts:

Barbara Pym, Jane and Prudence (1953)

Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)

Margaret Drabble, The Mill Stone (1965)

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

To book your place, call 01590 672337 or visit the Lymington Community Centre Reception, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ.

For further information please contact:

Elizabeth Chell, PhD. Lymington Centre Literary Group. Secretary


M: 07534300027




Autumn 2021

“Outsourcing Empire. In the Disguise of a Merchant -The Anarchy: the relentless rise of the Honourable East India Company”

Roy Doughty
10am- 12Noon, 5 Weeks , Thursday 23rd September 2021
Half term
LCA Members £50, Non-LCA Members £55
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

From the Tutor—One of my most admired historians William Dalrymple in 2019 published a further history on the British, his fourteenth on the British in India, under the title of “The Anarchy: the Relentless Rise of the Honourable East Indian Company” and I am more than happy to publically plagiarise his excellent work.  It examines the John Company’s remarkable story as to how one of the world’s most famous empires, namely the British in India, disintegrated and became a dangerously unregulated private company indeed army, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide in Leadenhall Street London, and answerable only to its shareholders. For those who enjoyed the recent 2017 BBC2 TV historical drama series “Taboo” created around the Company, the series star and part-writer Tom Hardy took very few dramatic liberties with the truth as superbly researched and presented by William Dalrymple in this book. The company’s transition from trade to conquest has preoccupied           historians ever since the Tory politician Edmund Burke famously attacked it in parliament during 1790 as a “State in Disguise of a Merchant”.

Building upon recent foundation research at Indian universities by KN Chadaudhuri and PJ Marshall with a new cohort of scholars such as Emily Ericson and Philip Stern, they have now studied the Company through its historiography but unusually as a forerunner to our modern global multinationals, intertwined within the modern state and much like our modern global banking when deemed consequentially “too big to fail”.

Prof Linda Colley has completed this team with her recently reviewing the publication “Outsourcing Empire” by Andrew Phillips and J.C.    Sharman: sub-titled “How Company States such as the East India Company made the Modern World” so rendering this older history into a new and energetic, vivid and factual discussion that marches from India’s Bengal counting house to its battlefields,  exploding the great myths of our schooldays along the way thus the once celebrated “Clive of India” enters this adventurer as a juvenile delinquent from Shropshire who arrives in Madras in 1744 as an 18 years old clerk who found his vocation as a thuggish street fighter in the company’s small security force and as to the battle of Plassey in 1757 which won the company control of Bengal and which generations of British school children would memorise as a great imperial victory, the true story as we discover was considerably more complicated.

Indeed, the outcomes from the East India Company’s desecration of southern Asia remain evident today following the regions later           colonisation by the western powers, and the importance the memory of empire has in Chinese political conversations through the education of their children cannot be overestimated following the 19th c. western powers Opium Wars, famines and several pandemic disease during the 19th and early 20th centuries whilst also being used as metaphors to   explain western imperial aggression, with western observers once describing China as the “sick man of Asia”.

There are many side effects to the current global pandemic beyond the west’s making of our own medical disasters. One is that China is        renegotiating its place in the world and the world is discussing China’s place in it, and some accurate revisionist knowledge of the British in India through William Dalrymple’s excellent book can only assist in our greater comprehension.


Autumn 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 21st September
Half term Tues 26th October 2021
LCA Members £90, 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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