Day School: The Grand Tour in the 18th Century

Ref: C3742724

Travelling to Italy in the 18th Century presented many problems of transport, finance and accommodation. We shall see how the young gentlemen and their tutors dealt with these and other distractions. We shall also consider the cultural splendours they were studying and collecting in Italy. 10.00-11.00 : Who went on the Grand Tour and how did they get to Italy? 11.00-11.15 : Coffee. 11.15-12.15 : Studies and Adventures, what the Grand Tourists did in Italy. 12.15-13.15 : Lunch. 13.15 –15.00 : The Grand Tour in Documents. 15.00-15.15 : Tea. 15.15-16.00 : The Impact of the Grand Tour in England, Conclusions and Further Ideas for Study.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

An expedition to Italy was considered to be an important part of a young gentleman’s education in the 18th Century. We shall see how they travelled and what they saw.

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:

  • Describe what sort of people undertook the Grand Tour in the 18th Century.
  • Recognise the activities they undertook while in Italy and explain one of them.
  • Be aware of some of the impacts of the Grand Tour on the arts in England and name one instance.

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
  • 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 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
  • 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

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Day School: The Grand Tour in the 18th Century


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