The special quality and charm of Dillington House is unique, its beauty and welcome are year round. As a centre for adult education ranging from day courses through weekends to week -long summer schools, it offers something for everyone
For the last sixteen years I have delivered summer school programmes at Dillington and for the last four years have run a number of weekend courses throughout the year.
Dillington can be reached via their website at the relevant link listed under tours
Sunday 21 January 2018: 14.30
Art Deco Architecture – A Worldwide Phenomenon and the British Response.
With a few notable exceptions, Art Deco architecture is born in Northern France as a response to the needs of post WW1 reconstruction. As it travels around the world, via the USA, it metamorphoses into a number of highly idiosyncratic and recognizable styles. It becomes synonymous with Hollywood, luxury, speed and glamour. Against the backdrop of its bewildering regional variations, the onslaught of International Modernism, the somewhat muted and less than enthusiastic embracing of this style by Britain will be examined.
Weekend Courses Oct 2017 to September 2018
The History of World Exhibitions and Fairs 1851 – the Present
04 - 06 December 2017
The concept of World Fairs and exhibitions is not a new one. There is recorded evidence of such events in ancient times. However in 1851 the die was irrevocably cast for the development of a worldwide phenomenon of cultural, political and social importance. From the Great Exhibition, in London in 1851, the many Paris exhibitions of 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900, 1925 and 1937, Chicago 1893, 1933, New York 1939 and 1964, Montreal 1967, to cite but a few the world, has embraced this opportunity to mix culture, politics and entertainment.
Gothic Part Two: The Decorated Age
21 – 23 May 2018
Set against the backdrop of a European wide slowdown in economic growth and the beginning of successive waves of plague culminating in the pandemic Black Death of the late 1340’s, plus the failure of Capetian dynastic line in France, the architectural and design baton was handed to Britain. Here with a much more stable political and economic situation, Gothic developed into what has become known as Decorated. This has been divided into Geometric and Curvilinear. In France elements of this would be assimilated into what would become known as Flamboyant Gothic. In the area of Germany this would become known as ‘Opus Francigenum’. In Spain, the various principalities and Kingdoms, whilst being heavily influenced by French Gothic, would develop regional styles, most notably, Catalan Gothic.
This programme will include a trip to Exeter Cathedral.
Summer School 2018
Week One Sunday 5 August - Friday 10 August
The Country Houses and Gardens of the West Country - Public and Private
Week Two Sunday 12 August - Friday 17 August
The Rise, Fall and Re-Birth of Monasticism in the West Country