Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds This course introduces country houses’ many and varied links to the British empire across four colonial centuries. This course has been an education for me. But now, Professor Corinne Fowler, why should people take this course? Well, Britain was an empire for four centuries, and it’s important to have evidence-based conversations about Britain’s colonial past and to think about the ways in which really very different kinds of colonial activity had an impact on what we call our built heritage. So that would include our country houses in Britain. And these kinds of activities were wildly different.
Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds So we’ve got the obvious trade in colonial goods, like tobacco and sugar and mahogany and so on, but we also have involvement with the East India Company and with the Atlantic world, including the enslavement of African people and all the profits which came from that. So it’s really a question of offering students on this course an access to pioneering historians in the field and also to give people a chance to compare the history that they learn on this course with the history they experienced at school. Historians, writers, and heritage professionals will guide you through the course. The colonial history of country houses is sensitive for many reasons. The course will help you communicate them effectively to others too.
Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds This course shows how country houses reveal the shared histories of people on both sides of the colonial divide.