Country Houses As Seen On Film and TV

Ref: C3744213

In this course we will look at at least ten houses that have featured on film and TV set in the last few years. We will analyse the architecture, dip into the history of the house concerned and see just where and how they appeared on the screen. Houses to be considered include: Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Ham House (Anna Karenina & others), Knole (A game of Shadows), Broughton Castle (Shakespeare in Love), Joldwynds (Poirot), Laycock Abbey (Wolf Hall), Cliveden (Hampstead), Claydon (Far From the Madding Crowd), Petworth House (Mr. Turner) Basildon Park (Pride and Prejudice) plus some others. Most houses are in the Home counties for ease of visiting.

Course aim

So which famous house was that? This course explores some of the famous houses in the South East that have been used as sets for film and TV.

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:

  • Identify houses that are regularly used as sets in TV and Film
  • Recognise some of the different architectural styles that have been used in the building of large country houses
  • Recount the history of a number of country houses that have been studied during the course
  • Visit country houses with knowledge of their architecture and history, and their uses today

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 can visit relevant country houses and report back on them.

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
  • Visits to houses can be fed back to the class and will add to their 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
  • 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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Country Houses As Seen On Film and TV

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