Short course
Victorians and the Ideal Home

Friday 17 January 2020 - Friday 27 March 2020

  • Friday 17 January 2020 - Friday 27 March 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

The enduring British idea of ‘Home’ was largely fashioned by the Victorian middle classes. This course will explore how the ‘Ideal Home’ and garden became shaped by social aspirations and conventions. Using fascinating insights from art and literature, you will be able to immerse yourself in the virtuous styles of architecture and interior design.

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Dr Rosemary Yallop

Course Director Dr Rosemary Yallop

Dr. Rosemary Yallop is architectural historian and independent lecturer and writer, and tutor for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education.

The V&A Short Courses are a fantastic way to bring the collections to life and gain a deeper insight into their history with the support of leading scholars in the field. 2018 Short Course Student

Course Overview

Following their monarch’s example, newly-affluent households shaped their homes as havens for the cultivation of a virtuous life, yet also furnished and decorated them on an ambitious scale, guided by manuals but constrained by social conventions. It was a way of life widely depicted, eulogised and satirised, in art and literature.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

This course has a Half Term break on 21 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Victorians and the Ideal Home

17 January 2020 - 27 March 2020

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)