Great Glasshouses and Fantastic Follies

Ref: C2224453

A course that`ll take your breath away as you step into either a great glass cathedral of the Victorian period or a fabulous folly of the 18th century English landscape period. For both sets of structures we`ll be looking at design, function, visual appeal and one-up-man-ship! You might consider taking on the job of hermit in the grotto or hermitage?

Additional information about this course

This course includes a field trip to Wrest Park on Saturday 3rd March. Entry fee may apply to non English Heritage members in addition to course fees.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to introduce the learners to some great glasshouses constructed in Britain & some of the more unusual follies erected on landscape gardens of the 18th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name four great glasshouses
  • Explain why a greenhouse was required in the 17th century
  • Explain how greenhouses came within the budget of the Victorian middle classes
  • Discover why temples and other classical buildings were essential to the 18th century English landscape garden
  • Gain an insight into grottoes, hermit cells, towers and other such follies

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Great Glasshouses and Fantastic Follies


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