Victorian Architecture: The Battle of the Styles

Ref: C3741188

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Victorian building reached news highs and lows, from magnificent Town Halls, churches, and country mansions to the squalor of the many working class slums in London and elsewhere. In between there were erected many fine villas and commercial and port related warehouse buildings, reflecting the growth in Empire and a thriving domestic economy. This course will reveal many aspect of our Victorian built heritage, whether Classical or exuberantly Gothic in style. A study visit to Reading is planned.

Course aim

To provide an insight into the principal Revivalist styles of Victorian architecture and to outline the lives and major works of some of the main architects of the period

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Say what was the social and economic context of Victorian architecture
  • Identify a piece of Victorian architecture as being of the Classical or Gothic Revival style
  • Name three of the technological advances of the Nineteenth century
  • Name three eminent Victorian architects

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
  • Study Visit to Reading

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

  • Either of the following two books for reading before or during the course would be helpful: 1.Derek Avery, Victorian and Edwardian Architecture, Chaucer Press, 2003 2. Dixon and Muthesius, Victorian Architecture, Thames & Hudson, 1985

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Victorian Architecture: The Battle of the Styles Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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