How to Read a Church

Ref: C3531185

There are about 4,000 Grade One listed church buildings in the UK. This brief course helps you to ‘read’ a church by recognising its main building periods, identifying and dating the important architectural features, and discussing the symbolism which it contains. Fully illustrated with many examples from the local region.

Course aim

This course provides a brief introduction to the riches of English Church buildings and their architecture and contents.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise the main architectural styles or English ecclesiastical architecture.
  • Understand the main periods of Church building.
  • Recognise the importance and use of the main furnishings of a Church building.

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

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?

  • The course on Art in Churches would be a good follow on course.

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How to Read a Church

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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