A History of the English House

Ref: C2225662

The ways in which houses both grand and humble have been built and lived in have greatly changed since Tudor times. This course will examine how. 1. Introduction, Tudor Houses. 2. Stuart Houses, changes in style and material. 3. Life in Stuart Houses; Comfort, Cooking and Sanitation. 4. Georgian Houses in Town and Country. 5. Life in Georgian Houses; Consumers and Style. 6. Victorian Houses, Modern Materials and Old Styles. 7. Life in Victorian Houses; Comfort, Cooking and Sanitation. 8. Early 20th Century Houses; Semis and Suburbia.

Course aim

The course aims to show how houses have evolved to reflect the changing needs of society between 1500 and 1950.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand how domestic architecture has evolved during the period.
  • Recognise the different requirements for houses in town and country.
  • Understand some of the changes to furnishings during the period.
  • Recognise how population growth changed urban housing.
  • Recognise how houses I know fit into the patterns shown in the course.

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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A History of the English House


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