Varieties of English Architecture with Philip Wilkinson


Art History


Residential course

Philip Wilkinson

12 February 2023 to 17 February 2023

£352 Non-residential week fee, from £858 Single bedroom or shared occupancy.

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week.

For many people, architecture means the grand buildings such as cathedrals and country houses. But the story of English architecture is not only about these spectacular places and their changing styles: it is also about smaller, less well-known buildings – such as shops, cinemas, markets, railway stations, factories and follies.

This course explores both the showpieces, from Canterbury Cathedral to Blenheim Palace, and the less well-known structures, highlighting the fashions and
social forces that brought them into being, and showing how they can be just as spectacular.

Join us for a fresh perspective on England’s diverse and fascinating buildings.  All comers welcome.

Residential Fees From: £858.   Non Residential: £352

Course runs from Dinner on Sunday to Lunch on Friday.

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Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history. He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2 series Restoration and Restoration Village and is the author of The English Buildings Book (publisher English Heritage), Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus), Phantom Architecture (Simon & Schuster) and Irreplaceable (Historic England). He explores buildings ceaselessly, recording discoveries on his blog ( and gives talks on architectural subjects.

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