The English Country House: History and Symbolism

Nottingham Trent University
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2 weeks
Full time
Next available date: - Nottingham

Course description

Nottingham and the surrounding countryside, with its villages, castles and stately homes, is one of the best places in the UK to experience the history and heritage of the British upper classes, and the people who served them.

This course will provide an overview of the development of the country house socially, artistically and symbolically.

It will encourage you to develop a critical understanding of these buildings and their landscapes as products of the heritage industry in England today, and their use as public history.

Through visits into the countryside, you will explore the origin of the country house and its design and development.

There are many examples to choose from: trips may explore the impressive Chatsworth House (home of the Duke of Devonshire), Hardwick Hall (an outstanding example of Elizabeth architecture from the 1500’s) as well as Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Belton House – all grand country houses that inspire their visitors!

Through lectures and group work, you will begin to understand the political, economic and social importance of country houses.

You will also learn about the symbolic heritage of the country house and the different values inherent in their presentation in the 21st century.

During the course you will collect information and visual records, towards completing a short-written project based on a case study which you will present on the final day.

Upon leaving this fun and engaging course, you will be able to evaluate and illustrate the heritage issues within the presentation of country houses.

You’ll be able to identify implicit messages and values and be able to discuss and demonstrate them.

You will also have improved your research skills in finding and examining varied sources of evidence.

This course is ideal for anyone studying humanities subjects related to the history, heritage and museum industries, or for anyone with a general interest in the history and heritage of England.

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