English House in the 19th Century

Ref: C2226868

At the beginning of the nineteenth century the crucial issue for architects and the wealthy in the design of houses was the relationship with the surrounding scenery, whether it be a classical mansion or a version of the country cottage. New types of houses evolved, gothic in style and complex in arrangement to accommodate the comforts which came to be expected. Huge servants’ wings became necessary. Towns were growing and we look at the town house both for the affluent and the poor. Burges created extraordinary castles for his main patron while in the second half of the century Norman Shaw looked back to a prettier, pre-industrial past. This leads us to the late Victorian house, eclectic in style and furnished with blue and white pottery and William Morris fabrics

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 28/10/2019

Course aim

This course will follow the development of houses for the rich and the poor and show how changes in housing reflected the wider changes in the century.

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:

  • Outline the characteristic styles of the nineteenth century house
  • Show how the planning of large houses reflected the aspirations of their owners
  • Describe the conditions of the housing of the poor
  • Observe nineteenth century houses with new insight

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

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English House in the 19th Century

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