Who can take this course?
This course is open to everyone, including students from the age of 16.
I don’t know much about British Art, can I take this course?
Absolutely, this course is specifically for people who have little to no background in art history at all. You can also take this course if you have some background in art history and would like to brush up on your knowledge of British Art.
How much does it cost?
The course is free.
When is it? How long is it?
The course is five weeks in length and will take place on consecutive Thursday evenings between 18:30–20:30 (lecture 19:00–20:00, followed by 30 minutes discussion).
Where will the course take place?
The course will take place in the Lecture Room at the Paul Mellon Centre, which is located in central London close to the British Museum.
What is the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art?
The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that supports the study and appreciation of the history of British art and architecture of all periods. It is part of Yale University.
How do I enrol?
Upcoming courses will be listed on our events page. You can enrol on the course by clicking through to the event listing, and signing up on Eventbrite. You will then receive a confirmation from Eventbrite.
You will need to register for each week individually. This is to ensure that we have consistent attendance over the five weeks.
To make sure we have a full house we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately, we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.
Do I have to go to every lecture?
While we understand that life can be unpredictable, participants are strongly encouraged to attend every lecture. The lectures are designed to advance your understanding of the topic week on week and as such participants will achieve the full impact of the course by attending every lecture.
Do I have to do any work?
Each lecturer will provide a list of recommended readings, which will help frame the material presented and the discussion session after each lecture.There are no examinations for this course.
How will I access the readings?
Where possible readings will be provided online. If this is not possible, readings will be distributed in class. It is also recommended that participants take advantage of the Paul Mellon Centre’s extensive library collections, which are open to the public.
Can I attend the Paul Mellon Centre’s Research Seminars and Lunches?
Absolutely! We run a program of seminars and lunches during the autumn, spring, and summer terms, which are open to everyone. They tend to me more specialised in their subject, but all pertain to various periods of British art. Interested participants should consult our events page for more information.
Can I take the course next year?
The Public Lecture Course is offered every autumn and spring, however, the subject matter for each course will vary year to year. Most of the lectures are recorded and published on our website.