Day School: Country houses and their Collections

Ref: C2227007

By the 18th century, country houses such as Felbrigg, Holkham and Houghton Hall held some of the most impressive art collections in Britain. These were the product of a new fashion for educating the young gentry by sending them on the Grand Tour of Europe. There they honed their tastes and emptied their pockets, bringing back paintings and sculptures. This session will explore the travels, tastes and knowledge of the English gentleman and connoisseur.

Course aim

This day school will explore the travels, tastes and knowledge of the English gentleman and connoisseur. We will cover the varied collections in the country houses of East Anglia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss collecting as a theme withn art historical research.
  • Define what the Grand Tour was and how it contributed to the collecting in East Anglia.
  • Analyse the objects in the collections in their original context.

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 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Country houses and their Collections

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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