English Architecture from 1500 to 1950

Ref: C2337989

In England we have a wealth of buildings from the past five centuries. This course provides an introduction to how changing styles and materials reflected changes to people’s needs and aspirations. Each session will consider a period and type of building and one of the building materials which were used. 1. Tudor Public Buildings. 2. Tudor Domestic Buildings. 3. Stuart Buildings. 4. Georgian Domestic Buildings. 5. Georgian to Victorian Public and Industrial Buildings. 6. Victorian Domestic Buildings. 7. Buildings from the first half of the 20th Century.

Course aim

During the course we will explore how different types of building evolved as fashions and needs changed. We will also see how changing building materials impacted on English architecture.

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:

  • Identify the main architectural styles of the period.
  • Analyse the role of architects, builders and commissioners in creating architecture
  • Recognise the main building materials used during the period.
  • Analyse the use of architectural styles to reflect a building’s use.
  • Appreciate the buildings learners come into contact with on a daily basis.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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
  • No preparation is necessary but the following books will provide a good background. Alec Clifton-Taylor, “The Pattern of English Building”, Faber & Faber 1962. Sir John Summerson, “Architecture in Britain 1530-1830”, Yale University Press, 1993.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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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English Architecture from 1500 to 1950


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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