A History of Homes and Gardens: from castles to cottages
Have you ever wandered around historical properties admiring the beautiful homes and gardens, wishing you knew more about how they came to be? Join this exciting course that will introduce you the importance of homes and gardens from mediaeval castles to the formation of Victorian terraced housing.
You will learn about the main social and cultural influences on the construction and development of homes and gardens, the way in which the function of homes and gardens reflects the historical period, but most exciting of all there will be an opportunity to visit houses and gardens to consider the physical evidence in situ and to find out more about the way in which homes and gardens reflect status and contemporary fashion.
With its emphasis on source evaluation and critical thinking, the module will also act as a platform for anyone thinking of progressing onto the more advanced historical study on our BA (Hons) Social & Cultural History programme.
What you will study
This course will teach you about:
- The importance of location and defence: case studies of Welsh castles eg. Dolwyddelan and Caernarfon
- ‘The Great Rebuilding’: Renaissance influences and the importance of design
- Garden design and artistic interpretation
- The homes and gardens of the Victorian period: walled gardens, garden cemeteries and allotments
- Management of homes and gardens: from private initiative to National Trust
Students will be assessed through a portfolio which will document the activities undertaken during the course. These will include:
- exercises on written sources
- analysis of visual and documentary evidence
In addition, students will include an evaluation of one of the visits undertaken during the module with a focus on architecture, garden design and material culture.
Course start dates
Please note: Due to the changing coronavirus situation we may need to cancel or postpone future face to face courses. If you do decide to book and a course is cancelled you will be offered a full refund.