We have received some extra funding for Humanities field trips, and we’re delighted to announce that four are planned in December and January. On 2 December, a day in Worcester (part of the ‘Showcasing History’ programme) includes visits to the Civil War Commandery, Worcester’s great Cathedral and the King’s Head, one of the oldest pubs in the Midlands. After Christmas, there’ll be a day trip to London on 13 January to visit the Crime Museum’s special exhibition, plus ‘No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action, 1960 – 1990’ at the Guildhall; and on 8 January death fans can spend a day in Bristol and see the acclaimed Death Exhibition at the Bristol Museum.
English Literature students will love our pre-Christmas visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens (National Trust) on Friday 11 December. Wightwick is a gorgeous example of late nineteenth-century Aestheticism in art and architecture. William Morris’s manifesto for beauty in everyday life accorded with Oscar Wilde’s celebration of ‘the House Beautiful’ and self-conscious cultivation of the senses. Houses were treated as palaces of art. Wightwick is in fact a domestic art gallery, with many paintings (some by Burne-Jones, above), and its furnishings, textiles, stained glass and tiles designed by Morris and Co.
This trip will appeal to anyone interested in the Pre-Raphaelite poets and artists and Arts and Crafts designers. Students taking the HM5000 English Literature option in semester two will have priority, but the trip’s open to all.
Full details and booking instructions for all these wonderful trips are available on the Online Store (Infonet access required). Most trips require a small charge to cover costs.