English Servants and the Country House

Ref: C2342308

This course aims to provide an introduction to the lives of servants who worked in English Country Houses in the 18th and 19th Centuries. It will examine the lives of both indoor and outdoor servants ranging from housekeepers to gamekeepers. 1. 10.00-11.00. “What is a Country House and which servants were needed to run it?” 2. 11.15-11.30. Coffee. 3. 11.30-12.30. “Duties of servants.” 4. 12.30-13.30. Lunch. 5. 13.30-15.00. Group study : “Servants in documents.” Learners will be provided with a range of 19th Century archive documents relating to servants. 6. 15.00-15.15 Tea. 7. 15.15-16.00. Conclusions and ideas for further study

Course aim

The course aims to explain the types and numbers of servants employed in country houses in the 18th and 19th centuries and the nature of their duties.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise the principal country houses servants.
  • Identify the differences between the roles of indoor and outdoor servants.
  • Identify some of the archive sources which can be used to study servants.

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 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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English Servants and the Country House

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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