Victorian Architecture and Science Weekend

Overview

From the Oxford English Dictionary to the categorisation of biological species, the organisation of knowledge was a great Victorian project. The Victorian Era was also an age of great technical innovation with steam engines powering great machines and feats of engineering creating a national railway network. How did these ventures affect the arts? This weekend course will examine the ways that High Victorian art and architecture were changed by the growing importance of science and technology.

Subjects covered will range from the architecture of museums and laboratories to the design of churches to the practice of sculpture and painting. How was design impacted by a growing interest in archaeology or in colour theory? How did new techniques of mechanical reproduction, cast iron framing, or steam power affect architecture? Topics will be introduced with lectures, then followed with guided visits to study the art and architecture first hand.

Programme details

Friday 12 May 2023

6.15pm
Registration opens for those who have booked meals and/or accommodation

6.45pm
Dinner

7.45pm
Registration for those who have booked as non-residential without meals

8.00pm
The intellectual world of the Victorian University
Prof William Whyte

9.15pm
End of day

Saturday 13 May 2023

8.15am
Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am
Nature’s knowledge: the world of Victorian science
Dr Edward Gillin

10.30am
Tea/coffee break

11.00am
A demonstration of Victorian science experiments
Dr Edward Gillin

12.15pm
Discussion

12.30pm
Lunch

1.45pm
Visit to University Museum

3.30pm
Visit to Exeter College Chapel

4.30pm
Break

6.30pm
Dinner

8.00pm
Art, archaeology and observation: buildings as text?
Dr David Lewis

9.15pm
End of day

Sunday 14 May 2023

8.15am
Breakfast (residents only)

9.15am
Victorian art and the science of colour
Dr Maddie Hewitson

10.30am
Tea/coffee break

11.00am
Visit to Ashmolean Museum
Dr Maddie Hewitson

12.30pm
Lunch and end of course

Fees

Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £160.00
Friday dinner £24.30
Saturday baguette £6.10
Saturday dinner £24.30
Saturday hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50
Single B&B Friday and Saturday nights £190.00
Sunday baguette £6.10
Sunday hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Prof William Whyte

Speaker

Acting President of St John’s College, Oxford and OPT Trustee

Dr Edward Gillin

Speaker

After degress from the Universities of Cambridge and Kent, Edward Gillin completed a DPhil at Oxford. This examined the role of science in the building of the Houses of Parliament between 1834 and 1860. He specialises in nineteenth-century science and architecture.

Dr David Lewis

Speaker and Director of Studies

David Lewis is an architectural historian whose interests include the architecture of modern Britain and the United States, the design of sacred architecture, and the Gothic Revival. Prior to joining Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, he was an Assistant Professor at the Notre Dame School of Architecture. He has experience in museums and heritage, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art, and has worked for architecture firms in San Francisco and London that specialise in historic conservation. Dr Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from Cambridge, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Dr Maddie Hewitson

Speaker

Madeline Hewitson is a Research Assistant at the Ashmolean Museum and holds a doctorate in art history from the University of York. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century British Orientalist visual culture and representations of the Holy Lands. Her current research project, supported by a Paul Mellon Centre Research Continuity Grant, investigates the unique role of the Old Testament in Victorian visual culture.

Application

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Accommodation

Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Friday and Saturday night. If you would like to book a double or a twin room, please email ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay: please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.