The English House in the 20th century 1

Ref: C2226823

In 1900 there were still people who could afford great houses whether they were mansions or rustic houses writ large. This was the age of the Arts and Crafts Movement, of Lutyens and Voysey. The cottage ideal was spread not just by the wealthy but by the idealists of the Garden City Movement. And we must not ignore the more ordinary houses where most people lived. Before and after the First World War we have the great growth of suburbia, the most famous example being Metroland which represented an aspiration of homeliness. The Modern Movement also made its first appearance with stream- lined blocks of flats and sun-filled houses. We will follow these various trends and discover what they tell us about the society of the time.

Additional information about this course

Half term break 30/10/2019

Course aim

The aim of this course is trace the story of the English house from the beginning of the twentieth century to the outbreak of the second world war, showing how the emphasis moved from the mansions of the rich to modest houses for the many.

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:

  • Trace the main trends in housing in the first half of the twentieth century
  • Identify some of the reasons why vernacular revival was so popular
  • Recognise the various forms of modernism reflected in house design in the 1930s
  • Explain some of the influences on suburban housing in the pre-1945 period

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The English House in the 20th century 1


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