On Mondays combine classroom learning and walking in Local History Walks & Talks. Wednesdays: Think outside the box in our Philosophy class and brush up your Francais with our Advanced French. Thursdays: Join new tutor, Ryan Cigana for his class, From Italy to The Antipodes, and if your not quite as experienced for our Advanced French try our Beginners’ French Conversation class on Thursday afternoon. Fridays: Robert Silver will be continuing leading our NEW English conversation class.
Anne Stones – Advanced French Anne worked as a teacher and then head mistress of a private French school in London before retiring. After retirement she became voluntary adviser to a bilingual school and has since set up the advanced French class at Open Age.
Jon Goff – Philosophy Jon started reading philosophy as a teenager and over the years, which included formal study in the cognitive sciences, has gradually developed his thinking in diverse areas of philosophy and psychology, which he teaches to adults. He has come to think that thought – rather like nature – goes its own way, and one just follows, sometimes thinking together with others, sometimes not.
Ryan Cigana – History of Art- Having read Philosophy and Art History at The University of Sydney, Ryan went on to hold positions at the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and The Moran Arts Foundation (Australia’s richest art prize). Outside museums and galleries, he has also worked for Auction Houses, including a junior position at Sotheby’s Australia. Arriving in London recently, to begin studies at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Ryan looks forward to having discussions around his research interests, such as, friendships between artists; building private collections; consumerism in Renaissance Italy; art criticism today; the future role of Public galleries.
Maggie Tyler and Sue Snyder – Local History Walks and Talks Maggie Tyler has worked for many years with groups on local history and reminiscence projects in Kensington & Chelsea and the surrounding boroughs. She worked with HISTORYtalk and has for a number of years coordinated the Gloucester Court Reminiscence Group while also working as a tutor with Open Age. She is particularly interested in the social history of communities and encouraging people to share and compare their own stories. Sue Snyder worked for many years for HISTORYtalk, a voluntary organisation that ran projects based on the local and community history of North Kensington. These projects led to the publication by HISTORYtalk of various books and also to the research of local history material, both from RBK&C’s Local studies archive and from individuals. Using the many resources compiled over the years, Sue shares, through slide shows, and local history walks the varied histories of North Kensington and the surrounding areas. Members are encouraged to share their own stories and experiences.