Great Glasshouses and Fantastic Follies

Ref: C2337994

A course that will take your breath away as you step into either a great glass cathedral of the Victorian period or a fantastic folly erected in during the 18th century landscape movement. For both sets of structures we`ll look at design, function, visual appeal and one-up-man-ship! You might like to consider taking on the position of hermit in the local grotto or hermitage?

Course aim

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to some of Britain`s great glasshouses and a selection of the follies constructed throughout the English Landscape Movement.

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 why the conservatory came within the budget of the middle classes in the Victorian period
  • Gain an insight into hermit cells and grottoes
  • Discover why temples and other classical buildings featured in the 18th century landscape

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

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

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Great Glasshouses and Fantastic Follies


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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