Symbolism and meaning in Medieval and Early Modern buildings: 1450-1600AD

Tuesday 16 October 2018


The course

Concentrating on the polite architecture of English great churches and castles, and their heavy investment in carved and painted details, we closely examine meaning in this imagery and explore its historical context to build up narratives of politics, belief and custom that can transform our understanding of what great buildings represented to their contemporary audience. Some examples use archaeology and inventories to reconstruct lost spaces, and there are many fresh observations. Encouraging drawing throughout the course, the result will be a new ability to read imagery in great buildings, parish churches and Museum collections.

The tutor

Dr Jonathan Foyle has written six books on cathedrals and castles and a hundred articles on architecture and crafts totalling a quarter of a million words. A former curator at Hampton Court (the subject of his Ph.D.) and CEO of World Monuments Fund Britain, he has presented series for BBC such as the 15-part ‘Climbing Great Buildings’ and frequently contributed to Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’.

Participant information

Participants might wish to bring a notepad or paper.

Fee and refreshments

£75 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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