Educational opportunities at Woodchester Mansion

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Woodchester Mansion offers a range of opportunities for extending and enhancing the study of a number of different subjects at Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Gothic Revival style of architecture creates a perfect atmosphere and environment to enhance the study of Gothic Fiction in English at all Key Stages. Texts such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or the Mysteries of Udolpho are some examples of novels using the setting of a mysterious old house with secret passages, staircases and attics. Much nineteenth century poetry of writers such as Keats, Tennyson and Coleridge uses the Gothic tradition to create images of mystery, darkness and suspense, in texts such as ‘The Lady of Shalott’, or ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’. A visit to the Mansion can help students to feel the atmosphere created through the language in the texts.

The Mansion also creates opportunities at all Key Stages for the study of Art and Photography. The stonework, arches and empty architectural spaces, together with the contrast of light, shade and shadows provide a range of stimuli for students of all ages. Architecture students at degree level visit annually because of the unique opportunities for drawing and photography provided by the unfinished nature of the building, uncluttered by furniture or furnishings.

The fascinating history of the Leigh family who built the Mansion in the mid nineteenth century in the fashionable Gothic style can stimulate and enhance the study of local History at Key Stages 2 and 3 or provide a focus for an extended essay at Key Stage 5.

Please call 01453 861541 or e-mail for further details of educational opportunities. 


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