The Arts and Crafts Movement: William Morris and after

Ref: C2337983

The Arts and Crafts movement grew out of an increasing anxiety about social injustice (never fully addressed), and a heightened awareness of religion and its architecture generated by the Oxford Movement of the 1830s. This created a fertile intellectual landscape for William Morris when he went up to Oxford in 1854. And it is Morris, and his pursuit of so many fields of craft and design, taking his friends with him by sheer force of personality, who is the central figure of the movement – though it was not really recognised as such until the decade of his death (in 1896). Questions such as What characterises the Arts and Crafts movement? Does it encompass Art Nouveau or Art Deco? Did its influence reach overseas? How far do its echoes reach into the 20th century? Where locally can it be seen? will be illustrated and discussed during the course

Course aim

To look at the reasons behind the Arts and Crafts Movement, the main people involved, and to follow through into the 20th century, seeing how long the influence lasted.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience are needed, though an interest in design, architecture, history or art history could be useful.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of some of the sources of the movement
  • Identify some of the main figures involved
  • Explain the significance of at least one of these figures
  • Give examples of where their work can be seen
  • Explain the link between the movement and architectural conservation

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
  • You are encouraged to read the weekly handouts to reinforce learning during the session.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • The weekly handouts will include references to books for further study, and museums, houses and other sites you might wish to visit after the course

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The Arts and Crafts Movement: William Morris and after


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