Saturday October 14th 2017
Paris: Art, Architecture and Romantic history: Mike Grundy
10.30 am until 3.30 pm Cost £24.00
This course is a journey of discovery through the history, art and architecture of Paris, a city renowned throughout the world as the city of love, the city of light and, above all, the city of style. The last 300 years have seen a series of dramatic and often traumatic passages in the lives of Parisians, their royal, military and political figures, and their cultural icons. The course starts with an overview of this history, setting the context for the changing cultural scene of France in the fields of art and architecture. Examples of the topics to be covered here include the age of the Impressionists, the Beaux Arts architectural style of the Belle Epoque, and the Art Nouveau. As an essential part of this review, students are taken on a virtual study tour of the famous Metro stations of Paris, whose "galleries of art" reveal the topics and images that Parisians themselves see as pivotal to their city. The platform walls portray key historical events
and commemorate many of the leading figures that have shaped Paris and contributed to its rich cultural heritage. Mike Grundy is a Londoner who has lived or worked in many parts of the capital over his career to date. His areas of expertise centre on the architecture, art, Underground systems and history of London, and he has recently developed his studies and field of teaching to cover these same topics for a number of other European capital cities. His courses use the art and architecture of the Underground and the metro rail networks as a reference framework for exploring these cities.
Stair lift to 1st and 2nd floors (courses take place on the 2nd floor) To avoid disappointment please contact the museum if you need clarification about accessibility prior to booking
.•Please note that the museum does not open until 10am. Access to the museum can only be granted during our opening hours. The room for the courses will be available only after 10am when you may help yourself to a free tea or coffee, ready for the course to start at 10.15/10:30am .
•To book onto one of our courses or talks, please pop into the museum or call 01264 366283.
•Refunds are only issued if one of our courses is cancelled. We do not issues refunds if you do not turn up on the day.
•Please note although refreshments are included with courses, we do not provide lunches. We are close to the town centre, which has a range of different cafes and restaurants, or alternatively you may bring a packed lunch.