Building Buxton School Workshop
John Carr of York came from humble beginnings to become one of the leading architects of his time. He was a great example of what can be achieved when you ‘learn by doing’ – getting hands-on to master skills and knowledge.
Inspired by Carr’s architectural learning journey, your pupils will become Architecture Apprentices – based at the Grade 1 listed Buxton Crescent. They will;
- discover how John Carr designed a building that met the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s brief for Buxton
- identify the symmetry of the Crescent; observe and sketch neo-classical architectural features
- construct 3D models of the Crescent to take back to school
Welcome. Introduction to being a Crescent Architecture Apprentice
Brief in a Bag – how an architect’s design bring ideas into reality
Identifying and sketching architectural features of the Crescent
Constructing 3D models of the Crescent
The two halves of the class then swap activities.
Plenary: Led by a BCHT facilitator the whole class come together to share learning. The children are congratulated on completing their apprenticeship and encouraged to continue spotting architectural features by looking up at the buildings around them.
Drop off at the old Thermal Baths, welcome and safety briefing
Become Architecture Apprentices and discover how John Carr designed a building that met the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s brief for Buxton
Experience the story of Buxton and its famous water, with a guided exploration of the 9 rooms of the Visitor Experience. They are a unique learning environment to discover the story of how Buxton has changed over time. Your pupils can admire amazing architecture and play the interactive Water Cure game. Try on historical hats and fly on a virtual reality hot air balloon trip across the Peak District.
120 years after the Crescent is built, meet Mary the Buxton Well Woman to find out if the Duke’s plan succeeded in bringing visitors to Buxton. Learn what makes the town so special as you sample, test and and sample the famous Buxton waters.