Marlborough College Summer School

Marlborough College Summer School is where it all began - the start point for all Summer School courses. Founded in 1974, it has continued to grow and flourish to the point where this year it has extended to four weeks in length. Each year thousands of people take the opportunity to participate in a wealth of courses. For the last seven years I have worked here as a Summer School Tutor.   

This year (2019) I am undertaking the following courses during the first three weeks (of four) of the Marlborough College Summer School

Week One (All Day)

Hidden Landscapes Hidden Treasures – A Seventh Selection

 Following on from the previous six years, this year will see yet another five entirely new set of destinations. As before you will be taken off the beaten track to areas defined by/possessing a unique set of characteristics and a wealth of evidence of human occupation over the last five thousand years. Each day, you will hear and see about events, places, buildings, monuments, people, geology and topography, which combine to create and make these areas so individual and different. By the end of the week you will have visited prehistoric sites, churches (for their monuments, stained glass, architecture and incomparable settings) castles, houses (with great collections of paintings and furniture) gardens and villages, many of which may well be unknown to you.

The areas visited will include North West Gloucestershire, the Cranborne Chase, the Welsh borders, North Oxfordshire, North Dorset.

For a more detailed breakdown of each day’s visits, please see the additional information.

Each day the picnic lunch and coffee breaks will provide the opportunity to further embrace the beauty of each area.

 It is recommended that you come equipped with sensible walking shoes and waterproof clothing (just in case!)

 As with all the previous programmes in this series, the days are very full and please expect to be back late (normally between 17.30 and 18.30)

Week 2 (AM) 

The 2019 Choice of Ten More Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers You Should Have Heard Of

 Now in its sixth year of introducing you to more outstanding and possibly unknown Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers, and with the Art World showing little change in its policy of peddling the same artists and designers with exhibitions and books, it remains timely to once again push to the fore another ten names of individuals, who are at the very least outstanding exponents in their fields and at best, examples of true genius. Each chosen individual will also be accompanied by a contextualising lecture.

This year all of the chosen Artists, Architects, Designers and Photographers were working in the last quarter of the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.

Their work will often overlap and also express the changes and upheavals taking place politically, culturally and geographically during this tumultuous period.

Each morning we will take two case studies and explore and contextualise the work of, Christopher Whall, Herbert Rowse, Ove Arup, John Nash, Dod Proctor, Evelyn de Morgan, Margaret Calvert, Margaret Bourke White, Margaret Macdonald, Giles Gilbert Scott. So if you are intrigued and curious about the wider cultural and artistic world contained and embraced by these figures then please join this course.

Week 2 (PM) 

Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

 Perhaps no other century can claim or indeed be shown to have developed so many architectural styles and exponents. From the disparate forms presented by the last vestiges of Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau, there soon developed Modern Architecture. This term covers so many forms such as the International Style, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, Expressionist Architecture, Constructivist Architecture, Art Deco, Totalitarian Architecture, Brutalism, Post-Modernism and the strangely named Blobitecture.

Exponents of these areas include Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Philip Johnson, Richard Rogers, Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Alto, Norman Foster, I M Pei, Santiago Calatrava, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid.

The course will provide a tour of the styles, iconic buildings and key exponents through a copiously illustrated series of lectures.

Week 3

The Country House: Unwrapped and Unpacked

 This new course presents a totally new approach to visiting Country Houses. For the first time each day a particular house will be examined on site from many different perspectives. As ever the visit to a house and its collections remains central but now in addition the gardens, estate villages, gatehouses, dower houses, churches, chapels and farms will be visited and collectively the entire estate will be brought into focus. An example of this procedure is Wilton House with its stunning and highly important art collections both on display in the public and private rooms, the gardens, once again both public and private. The estate boundaries and gatehouses, ancillary buildings will also be included. Then there is the matter of the estate village, in this case much of current Wilton and the large and impressively treasure packed church, which was paid for by the Pembroke family in the nineteenth century.

See you there! 

Marlborough Summer School 2018