English Literature students will love our pre-Christmas visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens (National Trust) on Friday 11 December. Wightwick is a gorgeous example of late nineteenth-century Aestheticism in art and architecture. William Morris's manifesto for beauty in everyday life accorded with Oscar Wilde's celebration of 'the House Beautiful' and self-conscious cultivation of the senses. Houses were treated as palaces of art. Wightwick is in fact a domestic art gallery, with many paintings (some by Burne-Jones, above), and its furnishings, textiles, stained glass and tiles designed by Morris and Co.
This trip will appeal to anyone interested in the Pre-Raphaelite poets and artists and Arts and Crafts designers. Students taking the HM5000 English Literature option in semester two will have priority, but the trip's open to all.
Full details and booking instructions for all these wonderful trips are available on the Online Store (Infonet access required). Most trips require a small charge to cover costs.