History | The Edwardians - A Golden Age 1900-1914 | At Preston Manor

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby, Open to international students

Why this course?

If you would like to study Edwardian social and cultural history in the delightfully unique, relaxed and hugely atmospheric setting of fabulous historic Preston Manor (end of Preston Park), which will include house tours, you will enjoy this leisurely course.

We study the short ‘Golden Age’ before ‘the black pit of war’ (J.B. Priestley) which was to change the idyll of elegant living for the wealthy socialising on a grand scale.

We examine social conditions, domestic and working life for all classes in town and country; the arts, architecture, housing, literature, culture, fashion, leisure, early cinema and life in the home. The summer season’s giddy whirl for ladies of fashion was in sharp contrast to poor wives and mothers trying to keep a decent home and the family fed, often in slum conditions.

Illustrated with powerpoint slideshows, film and documentary, and includes house and garden tours above and below stairs by the tutor who is also a Preston Manor guide and lecturer. The furnished house is on four floors.

Key Features
  • The Manor is decorated in Edwardian style with furnished rooms on four floors
  • Free parking outside, buses and trains nearby
  • The tutor is also a house guide and lecturer.
  • Fascinating social and cultural history
  • Powerpoint and DVD shown
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Lively class discussion
  • Friendly and amusing tutor

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0081-1C 25 Jan 2022 Preston Manor Tuesdays 11:00 - 15:00 8 Weeks £105.00 Enrol & Pay

Course content

If you would like to study in the unique setting of a fabulous, historic manor house and you like the Edwardian era of history, this course is definitely for you.

We will study the short 'Golden Age' before the 'black pit of war' that was to change the idyll of elegant living for the wealthy, who were socialising on a grand scale, but was also a tarnished age for the poor living in slums. We compare domestic, social and cultural life, including how paintings and literature depicted society.

Includes house and garden tours above and below stairs by the tutor, who is also a Preston Manor guide and lecturer. The house is on four floors.  

Illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows, books, prints, paintings and texts.

Why the MET?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High-quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Course fees

Please note that there are no applicable discounts for this course.

Course fees

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We run various open events throughout the year to enable you to come in to the College, see our facilities and speak with our staff.

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Course costs

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Other ways to enrol

You can also enrol by calling 01273 667704 or in person at our Central Brighton or West Durrington Campuses.

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