What is the course about?
This course will provide an introduction to the vast and often complex world of antiques and collectibles. We will investigate the key historical trends in art and design which have inspired the production of objects such as furniture, jewellery, books, and porcelain.
We will also consider why people collect things, with reference to both the appeal of programmes such as Antiques Roadshow as well as the larger collections found in stately homes. We will visit a variety of museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection to better understand the historical context of their antiques and artefacts. Finally we will consider some ideas around how we value objects, with reference to the work of the auction houses and private dealers in London.
What will we cover?
-A short history of antiques and collectibles from the medieval era to the present
-The political and social context for collecting antiques
-The different reasons for personal and institutional collecting
-An introduction to the world of auction houses and art museums.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain the history of collectibles such as furniture, metalware, jewellery and books from the medieval era to the present
- Demonstrate an understanding of the political and social context for collecting antiques
- Describe several different rationales for collections and demonstrate an understanding of how concepts like value and quality change over time and identify several different types of antiques and collectibles
- Participate in discussions about auction houses and art museums.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all levels.
You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with lectures, slides, guided gallery visits and discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the art galleries that we will visit so you may have to stand and to walk between works.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details