Great Victorians and Their Houses

Ref: C3744191

The aim of this course is to explore Victorian History through the prism of some of its greatest characters and their houses. It will enable students to understand middle and Upper Class Victorians through the way they lived. Characters studied include: Queen Victoria and Osborne House, Pugin and the Grange (Ramsgate), Charles Dickens and his houses, Disraeli and Hughendon Manor, Darwin and Down House, Gertrude Jekyll and Munstead Wood, George Meredith and Flint Cottage (Dorking), Palmerston and Broadlands, Sir Robert Peel and Drayton Manor, Thomas Cubbitt and Deepdene House Dorking.

Additional information about this course

Venue Cost £210 Contact only through Support Centre cal 0300 303 3464 or visit the web-site

Course aim

Some of our greatest characters lived in Victorian times - Kipling, Disraeli, even Queen Victoria herself plus others. In this course we will explore their lives through the houses they lived in and how they used them.

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:

  • Name and Discuss the contribution of at least 4 Victorians to their Society
  • Name at least 4 homes that famous Victorians lived in
  • Discuss at least 2 important aspects of Victorian thinking
  • Describe at least three types of original document that inform us on the Victorians

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
  • Students will be encouraged to look for material on the different sections of the course. They will be encouraged to visit the houses where possible and to watch relevant TV programmes.

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
  • work done outside of class will also be considered

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Reading: Altick, Richard D. Victorian People and ideas, Norton The Times Great Victorian Lives, Times Books Individual biographies

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Volunteer work through the National Trust or Similar

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Great Victorians and Their Houses

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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