The Rothschild Country Houses

Ref: C2226859

In the 19th Century the Rothschild family built seven country houses in the Vale of Aylesbury. This course will look at the artistic, social and economic importance of these houses and set them in context with other Victorian Country Houses. The sessions will look at the following areas : 1. “The Rothschilds and Buckinghamshire” 2. “The Five Arrows and Seven Houses” 3. “House Parties with the Rothschilds” 4. “Servants and Life Below Stairs 5. “Some Rothschild Ladies” 6. “The Rothschilds as Public Figures” 7. “The Rothschilds as Collectors” 8. “The Rothschilds in the 20th Century and Summary”

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 30/10/2019

Course aim

The course aims to give an understanding of why the Rothschilds chose to move to this part of England and the country houses and estates they built. It will also look at how these houses were used as both places of entertainment and work.

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. Identify the country houses owned by the Rothschilds in the Vale of Aylesbury.
  • 2. Evaluate why the Rothschilds bought and built country houses.
  • 3. Recognise the ways in which these houses were used to entertain guests.
  • 4. Describe how these houses and estates operated as places of work.
  • 6. Compare the Rothschild houses to other Victorian 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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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The Rothschild Country Houses

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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 2019
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