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Adams Grave - the Neolithic Long Barrow on Walkers Hill. Learn the secrets of Walkers Hill on the archeology dayschool.
Adams Grave - the Neolithic Long Barrow on Walkers Hill. Learn the secrets of Walkers Hill on the archeology dayschool.

Press Release - 09 May 2006

Spend a day indulging a passion

People in the Swindon area have the opportunity to join fellow enthusiasts attending a summer dayschool at the University of Bath in Swindon. Whether you want to explore your local area or the thinking behind philosophical beliefs, write your own music or design your own jewellery, the courses are open to all. The dayschools, popular with students who come for pleasure as well as those who wish to increase certain skills, will run on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2006.

If your interest lies in archaeology, local author and archaeologist Bob Clark will reveal the secrets of a local beauty spot in The archaeology of Walkers Hill. Overlooking the Vale of Pewsey, the area is well known to ramblers but its archaeological significance is often overlooked. The area contains one of the most varied collections of upstanding monuments in Wiltshire and the dayschool will explore these monuments and discuss every period from the Early Neolithic to the late Medieval.

The Greek philosopher, Socrates argued that the unexamined life was not worth living. In Living philosophy: its challenges and consolations, Professor Ray Billington examines this claim by focussing on some of the major controversies in philosophy, such as whether the spiritual is more significant than the material and whether art, politics, ethics and religion have any place in philosophical discussion. Professor Billington, former Head of Philosophy at the University of the West of England, runs regular courses for the public.

If your interests lie in something more hands-on and creative, Heather Kingsley-Heath will run a Zulu beadwork day. The workshop will provide the opportunity to handle antique and contemporary African beadwork, and to design and create new beaded bracelets.

Jane Harwood’s A guitar circle will give local musicians the opportunity to play together. Musicians of all abilities will be welcome, the only requirement is knowledge of basic chords, and the day will include guided composition, improvisation and the chance to create a new piece of music.

There is a wide range of day and weekend courses running during the summer term. Day courses cost £27.50 each and run for six hours. For more information, or to request a copy of the prospectus, please contact the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning on 01793 328800, or visit

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