Building a New Era: From Edwardian Times to the Festival of Britain

Ref: C3742952

The first five decades of the 20th century witnessed momentus changes in society and technology. We will look at how this impacted on the Edwardian period and the advent of Garden Cities; the assurance of Neo-Georgian buildings in parallel with the new radical Modern Architecutre coming from Europe; before concluding with a review of the forward looking exciting Festival of Britain staged in 1951.

Course aim

To reveal how two World Wars radically altered the course of architecture in Britain and in particular the adoption of Modern Architecture in the 1930s, culminating in the Festival of Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Review the work of one or more of the following: Voysey, Lutyens, and Mackintosh.
  • Say how and why Modern Architecture was adopted in Britain in the 1930s.
  • Explain the significance of the Festival of Britain in the development of Modern Architecture in Britain.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • 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

  • Useful reading: Patrick Nuttyens Understanding Modern Architecture Alan Powers Modern. the Modern Movement in Britain

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
  • Progress to the next course in the WEA Reading History of British Architecture series.

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Building a New Era: From Edwardian Times to the Festival of Britain


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