The Grand Tour - Culture or Indulgence?

Course summary

The Grand Tour - Culture or Indulgence?



Overview

From the 16th to the 19th century it was fashionable for young aristocrats and artists to visit Paris, Venice, Florence and above all Rome, to finish their education. This tour helped foster neo-classical ideals and help to shape the creative and intellectual sensibilities of some of the greatest artists, musicians, writers and architects. The tour also had an impact on social, political, gastronomic and sartorial movements in Northern Europe and America. During this day school we will look at the places the ‘tourists’ visited, the buildings and art treasures they were expected to see, the inns at which they stayed, the food which they ate and the splendour and squalor they encountered. We will try to determine the true motives of the ‘tourists’, because for some, such as James Boswell, the tour provided a release from the moral constraints of home and allowed them to indulge freely in gambling, drink and sex. We will also look at the impact of the Napoleonic Wars and how tourists were obliged to go further afield to Greece and Turkey for their culture and pleasures. The end of the Grand Tour came in the middle of the 19th century, when the railway opened up the possibility of foreign travel to a far larger clientele.

PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE FOR THIS COURSE IS NEWBURY COLLEGE, MONKS LANE, NEWBURY

Programme details

SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017

Being held at Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury

9.30am Registration

9.45am From Pilgrim to Tourist – The origins and early history of the Grand Tour
Who went on Tour and why?

10.45am Coffee/tea

11.10am Preparations, precautions and practicalities
Paris and the Alps

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm Art, archaeology and neo-classicism
Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples

2.30pm Tea/coffee

2.45pm Wine, women and song!
Napoleon, railways and the end of the Grand Tour

3.45pm Course disperses

No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own.
There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge.

Recommended reading

BACKGROUND READING
Black, J. The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century, The History Press, 2003
Dolan, B., Ladies of the Grand Tour, Flamingo 2010
Hibbert, C., The Grand Tour, Methuen 1987

Fees

Tuition only: £60.00

Tutors

Mr Trevor Rowley

Tutor

MA, MLitt, FSA, Emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford University, Formerly Deputy Director of the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. Has written and lectured on a wide range of medieval topics and specialises in the history of the Normans.

Trevor’s latest book, The Archaeology and Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry, Pen and Sword,  will be published in time for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 2016.

Application

Please enrol directly with Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks RG14 7TD; Tel: 01635 845555 / 01635 845000 for an application form or enrol online at www.newbury-college.ac.uk using this course code: 97657 161701 - please type this code into the search our courses box or Email: info@newbury-college.ac.uk

No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own.

There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge.

We reserve the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrolments and the decision to do so is usually made 2 weeks before a course is scheduled to run. In such cases students are refunded in full. Neither Newbury College or OUDCE can be held responsible for travel booked in advance.