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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1041 Museum and Country House Studies 1: The English Country House

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Abigail Harrison Moore

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10


ARTF1042Museum/Country House Studies 2

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

- Are you interested in the decorative arts (furniture, textiles, wallcoverings, ceramics etc) architecture, sculpture or fine art?- Do you enjoy visiting country houses, museums and art galleries? - Have you ever stopped to think about the role that these institutions and objects play in contemporary cultures? - What relevance do they have for people today? - Are they really 'part of our heritage' and, if so, what does this mean? - What issues are involved in curating and displaying collections? This module offers you the opportunity to explore these and other questions through the consideration of recent theories and practices. Emphasis is placed on working directly with collections and the module will include study visits to: Harewood House; Leeds City Art Gallery; The Thackeray Medical Museum; The Henry Moore Institute and Centre for the Study of Sculpture; The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford; Temple Newsam House; Lotherton Hall.Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (100%) and 1 x 2,000 - 3,000 word compulsor but non-assessed (eg formative) essay.


On completion of this module, students:
- should understand what we mean by the title 'The Country House' through gaining an understanding of the themes and methodologies of architectural and decorative art history;
- will be able to 'read' a building through plans, construction and materials;
- will understand the different approaches to the country house used in architectural writing and will be able to assess the different approaches when presenting the country house to an audience as a museum and be able to discuss the history of visiting the country house.

Through various visits, students will become familiar with the country houses in the Leeds area and will learn to use them as examples in class and in essays, seminar papers and exams. The module also aims to develop first year students' understanding of different teaching methods and will focus on aspects of presenting ideas to class.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument;
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


This module aims to provide the student with a number of methodologies by which to address the aristocratic building traditions of England. The module will include a consideration of the elements of architecture, furniture, decorative art, landscape and art history.

The Country House will be studied from its formation in the castellated, defensive mediaeval buildings of the 14th and 15th centuries right through to the Victorian Country House.

The module includes guided visits to Temple Newsam House, Lotherton Hall and Harewood House, where students are encouraged to consider various approaches to the presentation of a country house to a 21st-century audience.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

178 hours reading, class/essay/presentation preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Presentations
- Contributions to class discussion
- Registers taken
- Attendance at tutorials, lectures and visits
- 1 x 2,000 - 3,000 word compulsory but non assessed (eg formative) essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)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: 18/03/2014


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