Day School: Hylands House and its fascinating History

Ref: C2225893

We study this historic house from its earliest known beginnings to the modern day, looking at why it was originally built and some of the alterations carried out by successive owners. The course will take a broad view of how these alterations reflected changing trends in design and different ideas and expectations for country houses and their gardens. We also ask how national events impacted on the fortunes of Hylands House and its occupants - both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' - and look at its role during two world wars.

Course aim

To uncover the architectural and social history of this fascinating and imposing Georgian house. We look at the characters of its owners against a background of national events.

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:

  • Participate in discussion about some of the economic, political or social changes that have occurred since the 18th century - and how they may have affected different owners
  • Identify some aspects from the architectural and/or horticultural history of Hylands House, and how the house and gardens changed over time
  • share views about the possible future role of the country house

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
  • Tutor will provide individual handout sheets to take away. Their aim is to reinforce learning, give ideas on further study and research after the course, and to stimulate discussion during the day.

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 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: Hylands House and its fascinating History


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