A History of British Buildings with Harry Mount

Harry Mount

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Confused about your Dorics and your Ionics? Can’t tell your Perpendicular Gothic from your Decorated?

Author Harry Mount’s history of British buildings guides you, effortlessly and amusingly, through a thousand years of architecture, from Anglo-Saxon churches in Wiltshire to modernist villas in Hampstead.

All those Dorics and Decorated Gothics really aren’t so tricky to grasp. Look at a series of slides of beautiful buildings, listen to Harry’s commentary and, suddenly, the whole, glorious history of British bricks and mortar clicks naturally into place. Your walk down the High Street will be transformed for ever!

Harry’s course is divided into six 30-40 minute videos, all shot at the old Idler Academy bookshop in west London. Each part is accompanied by a set of notes in printable pdf form. You can also ask the tutor a question in our online course forum.

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Part One: From the Anglo-Saxons to the Classical. Length: 43:45

Part Two: British Classicism, from Christopher Wren to Baroque. Length: 39:16

Part Three: From Baroque to Neo-Classicism. Length: 33:40

Part Four: From the Greek Revival to the Gothic Revival. Length: 28:22

Part Five: The Glorious Freedom of Late 19th Century Architecture. Length: 28:23

Part Six: From the Edwardian Wrenaissance to Modernism. Length: 24:33

 


About the Tutor

Harry Mount is the editor of The Oldie magazine. A former New York correspondent and leader-writer for the Daily Telegraph, he is the author of Amo, Amas, Amat and All That, a top 10 bestseller. He has also written A Lust for Window Sills – a guide to British Buildings and his latest book, How England Made the English.
 

He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Times, the Evening Standard, the Spectator, Country Life, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and Literary Review.
 

He has a degree in ancient and modern history from Oxford (First Class Honours) and an MA in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute.


Details

What do I get?

Six 30-40 minute video lectures; set of beautifully designed notes in printable pdf form; access to the community forum where you can chat to other students and pose questions to Harry Mount.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about the history of British architecture — no prior knowledge required.

Reviews

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Gary
9/02/2018

Perfect
Thank you Harry Mount for doing this. I've admired buildings for years and wish I knew what I was actually looking at: when it was built, what all those funny features are called (and what they do) and the style in which it was built. You've really helped me on my way. I now walk around London with fresh eyes and bore my friends senseless saying things like "Look at those quoins!" and "Look how Wren combined the Gothic spire with those Classical motifs".

Do you do walking tours around London's buildings?

And have you thought about doing a course on the symbolism of ancient mythology? I want to understand paintings the way you've help me with buildings.

Harry Mount
9/02/2018

Thanks so much for your lovely message. Aren’t quoins wonderful – and Wren’s spires! I do often do walking tours. Do email me on harrymount@theoldie.co.uk and I can alert you next time I’m doing one. Many thanks. Harry

Reviews

Gary
9/02/2018

Perfect
Thank you Harry Mount for doing this. I've admired buildings for years and wish I knew what I was actually looking at: when it was built, what all those funny features are called (and what they do) and the style in which it was built. You've really helped me on my way. I now walk around London with fresh eyes and bore my friends senseless saying things like "Look at those quoins!" and "Look how Wren combined the Gothic spire with those Classical motifs".

Do you do walking tours around London's buildings?

And have you thought about doing a course on the symbolism of ancient mythology? I want to understand paintings the way you've help me with buildings.

Harry Mount
9/02/2018

Thanks so much for your lovely message. Aren’t quoins wonderful – and Wren’s spires! I do often do walking tours. Do email me on harrymount@theoldie.co.uk and I can alert you next time I’m doing one. Many thanks. Harry