Discover - Pevsner Perambulations - Penzance

Ref: C3529404

During this guided walk, discover more about the history and architecture through the work of Pevsner - consider what influenced his perceptions of the area and how it has changed since he wrote his guide, and how your perceptions vary. His evocative descriptions should spark lively debate. (Meeting place outside Penzance Station.

Course aim

This course aims to explore aspects of history and architecture of Penzance through the work of the architectural historian, Pevsner, and consider perceptions of townscapes past and present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Everyone is welcome to join this course - no prior knowledge or experience is required; it should be of interest to those who want to know more about the local townscape and the work of Pevsner.

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

  • Identify and discuss 5 features from Pevsner's Perambulation
  • Select one building that Pevsner didn't include and discuss it
  • Compare and contrast one building on the walk with Pevsner's written description
  • Explain the benefits and limitations of Pevsner's Perambulations with reference to one building or example

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Verbal feedback and contributions to group discussions will support progression ad inform students of progress being made.

What else do I need to know?

  • The course involves being outside so you should equip yourself with suitable footwear and protective clothing suitable for the forecasted weather, Refreshments whould be packed or purchased during the visit and opportunities will be provides.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • An extract of Pevsner will be supplied to you as part of the course. However, you may wish to obtain a copy of his guide if you so wish - Peter Beacham and Nicolas Pevsner 'Cornwall' (Yale UP, 2012 or 2017 corrected editions(

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Discover other Pevsner perambulations, undertake a small research project comparing and contrasting the work of Pevsner with the townscapes of today, join a local history group.

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Discover - Pevsner Perambulations - Penzance


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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