World Heritage Architecture in Britain

Ref: C3741214

Since UNESCO established the World Heritage Convention in 1972, 17 sites in England have qualified for their exceptional landscape or architecture. We will examine this World Heritage architecture, at places as varied as the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Durham Castle and Blenheim Palace – and the Palace of Westminster, now facing a major and controversial restoration.

Course aim

To look in detail at the architecture in England which has been awarded World Heritage status and to consider what may have justified this distinction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • recognise the architectural styles of these world heritage buildings
  • describe how they came to be designed
  • discuss what approach should now be taken to their 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
  • Presentations with images and provision of colour notes for each 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
  • Revisiting world heritage buildings in England to study them in the light of this course

Download full course outline

World Heritage Architecture in Britain 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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