Wrecking Balls, Safari Parks and the Tax Man: English Country Houses 1945-1980

Ref: C3742945

Many country houses were abandoned or demolished after the Second World War while others survived by opening as visitor attractions. We will examine how and why this happened. The following topics will be examined: 10.00-11.15. Reasons for Destruction; Neglect and Tax. 11.15-11.30. Coffee. 11.30-12.30. Ways of Surviving; Downsizing and Visitors. 12.30-13.30. Lunch. 13.30-15.00. Group study : Extracts from historic documents. 15.00-15.15 Tea. 15.15-16.00. A Triumph of Hope; Building New Houses. Conclusions.

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

This course aims to examine the factors that led to many English Country Houses being demolished after 1945 and the ways in which some houses were saved by their owners.

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:

  • 1. Name some of the factors leading to the destruction of Country Houses in the period.
  • 2. Describe the ways in which Country Houses were used to generate income in the period.
  • 3. Explain the roles played by individuals in preserving Country Houses.

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
  • 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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Wrecking Balls, Safari Parks and the Tax Man: English Country Houses 1945-1980

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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