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ARTF2024 Country Houses and the (Re)Construction of the Heritage Industry 1880-1950

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Kerry Bristol
Email: k.a.c.bristol@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits from any ARTF coded modules

Module replaces

ARTF2120 Heritage & History 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Country houses rank among the most visited heritage sites in Britain, protected by government legislation and public demand, yet many houses have been demolished and their collections continue to be sold. This module will question whether the first half of the twentieth century was one of doom and gloom or one in which successful country house owners adapted to survive. Key areas to be considered are the impact of Country Life magazine, the National Trust's Country Houses scheme, the National Trust for Scotland, and the Second World War and its immediate aftermath.

Objectives

At the end of this module, students should have an understanding of the ways in which the country house has been manipulated to fit different definitions of heritage between the onset of the late nineteenth century agricultural depression and the immediate aftermath of World War Two. This includes how country houses have been used in popular literature and film. They should also have developed knowledge of key pieces of legislation, such as the National Trust Act (1937), and be able to interpret the impact of these critically.

Learning outcomes
With critical engagement suitable for level two, students should understand:
- the dramatic changes in attitude towards country houses and their owners that took place before World War II
- how Country house owners adapted to survive or failed to adapt and lost their estates between 1900 and 1950
- the roles that the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland played in raising awareness of the country house as part of our heritage between 1900 and 1950
- different methods of display and interpretation between 1900 and 1950
- key visual images and be able to locate them within their socio-political and cultural context.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual and visual information
- Using bibliographies.


Syllabus

Country houses rank among the most visited heritage sites in Britain, protected by government legislation and public demand, yet many houses have been demolished and their collections continue to be sold. This module will question whether the first half of the twentieth century was one of doom and gloom or one in which successful country house owners adapted to survive.
Key areas to be considered are the impact of Country Life magazine, the National Trust's Country Houses scheme, the National Trust for Scotland, the country house murder mystery novel, and the Second World War and its immediate aftermath.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning103.0030.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

170 hours comprised of weekly reading, seminar presentation preparation, researching and writing one essay, researching and writing one critical review.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral presentation, participation in class discussion, submission of assessed Critical Review in week 7.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500-3000 words50.00
Essay2500-3000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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