Sunday Lecture – The Ideal Village: The History and Progress of Rural and Urban Villages from 1720-2020 with Mike Hope


Public Lectures

£15.00 includes tea and cake

Feb 28 2021, 2.00 pm to Feb 28 2021, 4.00 pm

£15.00 includes tea and cake

Mike Hope

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This lecture will examine the lengthy and often chequered history of the provision of housing and specialist developments, both rural and urban, from estate cottages to Port Sunlight to Portmeirion, from Silver End to The Living Village (The Wintles) at Bishops Castle.
As this talk will show, for over three hundred years people have been developing and evolving communities, from estate villages to philanthropic gestures from industrialists in the nineteenth century.

The twentieth century right up to today has seen a continuing fascination and attempt to produce often radical departures from the norm. Yet little of the obvious developments and benefits appear in more mainstream building practice.

Performer background

Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer spent over twenty-five years lecturing and holding senior management posts in four Universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and has spent nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions. He is a lecturer for Travel Editions Art & History Abroad programme. He is also currently a member of the Exeter Diocesan Advisory Board and advisor on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter.