What is the course about?
Winchester Cathedral has a fascinating architectural history, ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period to the late Middle Ages. The transepts are a prime example of late 11th century Romanesque architecture, to which the late Perpendicular nave forms a striking contrast. Come and explore the basics of English medieval church architecture and familiarise yourself with different period styles.
Winchester Cathedral also contains a vast array of medieval church furnishings, including a twelfth-century font, and rare survivals of medieval wall paintings. One of its glories is the Winchester Bible, one of the largest and most sumptuously illuminated twelfth-century manuscripts, which is on display in the cathedral.
Please note: Your transport costs are not included.
What will we cover?
• The history of Winchester Cathedral
• The basic characteristics of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
• The decoration and furnishings of medieval churches.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Grasp the basics of medieval church architecture including key terminology
• Interpret church exteriors and interiors
• Understand different styles of medieval painting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with tutorial discussion and guided examination of the building and its decoration.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will need to organise travel to Winchester independently, as these costs are not included.
Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella.
There is an entrance charge for the cathedral. (The group discount for 10 people or more gives a ticket price of £2.50 per person.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB803 - A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
VB805- A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
VB488 - Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches.
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