The Art Deco Years: Britain in the '20s and '30s
The art deco era was a dazzling and tempestuous time that continues to intrigue. In this course, we will study this iconic era in Britain, including its art deco buildings, the impressive interiors of its transatlantic liners, the wit of Noël Coward, early radio broadcasts, art, and flapper fashions. Against this cultural backdrop, we will examine the important social and political changes of the era, such as the evolving role of women in politics, the scandals that rocked the House of Commons and erupted onto the streets of East London, the General Strike of 1926, and the shock when Edward VIII abdicated his throne less than a year after his accession. You also will have the opportunity to view the instructor’s collection of rare books and magazines from the era that shed further light onto these extraordinary decades.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of British culture and history
- Increased familiarity with the art deco era
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Students interested in British history