A country house can be viewed as an ‘ecosystem’. From its architectural shell, to its contents, history, collections and context, as well as the environment and landscape in which it is situated, there are many elements to consider in a well-rounded assessment of a country house. This course will begin with the Renaissance period and extend through the middle of the nineteenth century, looking at overall developments and individual case studies among country houses. The emphasis will be on British sites, but Continental European houses will also be studied; there will be at least one site visit.
To Osterley Park, Greater London (via train to Paddington and London Underground; then a one-mile walk to the house entrance); a Robert Adam remodelling job of a much earlier house, there is a National Trust-run landscape (recently restored) and a working estate within the startling surroundings of west London, the M4 and Heathrow. There is a high-quality collection of original furniture within the fine neoclassical interiors by Adam, and a good study collection of typical ‘country house’ Old Master paintings; an Old Masters specialist will join the group for this visit. Students will take notes to develop into a site assessment report, the principal written work on this course.
Duration: 12:00 - 17:00, with a break for afternoon tea in the Stables; an hour on the architecture and furnishings; an hour on the paintings; time to view the house and grounds individually and make notes before returning to Oxford.
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1430.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1200.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1540.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1295.00
Megan Aldrich lectures and researches across the areas of architecture, furniture, interiors and garden design; she is the former Academic Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, edits the journal of the Decorative Arts Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
This course aims to enable students to begin approaching and analysing country houses and their collections as living, changing organisms.
- To develop critical skills of observation as regards country houses
- To gain an understanding of different stylistic periods and ideas that affect country house design
- To acquire familiarity with the many and varied elements that interact in the country house.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of the course students will be expected to:
- be able to write a site assessment of a country house, including its collections, history, and setting;
- be able to recognise major styles of architecture and design as regards the country house;
- be able understand the way in which different historical and stylistic elements interact over the lifetime of a country house.
Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.
Early enrolment is advised as many courses fill before February.
- Prospective students may enrol online by navigating to the desired course page and then clicking the 'apply online' link at the bottom of that page.
- Closing Date:
Enrolments will be accepted up to 1 May 2019.
- Online enrolments require payment in full at the time of registering.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
- Those who do not wish to register online or who have specific requirements (e.g. disabled suite accommodation) should contact the Programme Administrator directly.
- They should complete the application form, link below, and send it to the Programme Administrator (address shown below).
- Although we try to honour students' first choice of course, sometimes a course fills-up rapidly. Please therefore indicate a second choice of course on your application form.
- Confirmation will be sent to you with an invoice which may be paid either online or by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque/banker`s draft.
- Closing Date:
- Enrolments will be accepted up to 1st May 2019
- Participants are required to pay the full fee within 30 days of the invoice date.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by a responsible body) that you have reached the Standard overall score, plus the additional requirement before you may be offered a place.
Confirmation and Further Information
Successful enrolments will be confirmed automatically.
The full description of the course, which includes recommended prior reading, is available on the website.
- A 'Further Information' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
Confirmation of your registration will be sent by email (or post if you do not use email), along with a copy of the full description of the course, which includes recommended reading.
- A 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write and your invoice. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Joining Notes/Travel Advice Notes which provide information on how to get to Rewley House, arrival and departure times etc will be made available on our website. Those who enrolled through the Programme Administrator, and hence may not have access to the Web, will receive a printed copy by post when available.
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