Looking at Lincolnshire's Architectural Heritage

Ref: C3675988

The course will explore Lincolnshire's building legacy, from the remains of prehistoric wood and reed roundhouses, through Roman and medieval stone structures, timber framing, mud-and-stud agricultural cottages to brick 'pseudo castles' and country houses up to the introduction of iron in the 19th century giving engineers the ability to to span greater distances with bridges and industrial buildings. We will examine sacred, manorial, peasant, noble, and transport building functions while emphasizing the strong vernacular tradition of the county..

Course aim

The course aims to examine Lincolnshire's historic buildings legacy. Looking at standing buildings as well as the remains of former structures, we will explore earlier building materials and techniques as well as more modern methods and materials.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the techniques and materials employed in prehistoric buildings.
  • Show how the local environment influences buildings' design in terms of resources.
  • List the principal vernacular building traditions employed in Historic Lincolnshire.
  • Describe which new materials were introduced and when, how did they change building design?
  • The use of Iron is normally used to indicate when the modern period begins, when and where was it first employed?

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • David L Roberts. Lincolnshire's Houses, 2018, Pub Shaun Tyas, Donington, Lincs. Rodney Cousins, Lincolnshire Buildings in the Mus and Stud Tradition, 2000, Heritage Trust of Lincs, Sleaford.

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
  • Visit featured sites, buildings, and museum collections.

Download full course information sheet

Looking at Lincolnshire's Architectural Heritage


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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