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2002/03 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

Country House Collections
20 credits

Taught Semester 2,

Year running 2002/03

Pre-requisites None

Co-requisites None

On completion of this module, students will be able to analyse and interpret the decorative art objects held in country house collections. Special attention is paid to critical theories of interpretations and meaning of these objects and the discourse concerning their cultural significance.

The collections of fine and decorative art objects held in each of the country houses of the syndicate are studied at first hand. The different types of collections are considered, alongside the architect-designed interiors and their furnishings, in a social and historical context. The way in which the collections are presented and understood is explored; the nature of cataloguing systems and the influence this has on the perception of these objects. Students are expected to engage with the relevant museological and cultural discourses.

Form of teaching
11 x 4-hour seminars; 2 x 5-hour visits.

Form of assessment
1 x 4,000 word essay. (Essays should be 6,000 words maximum, including all bibliographies, footnotes and appendices)

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