Design Technology / School Trips

Design Technology Trip: Eltham Palace and Red House

On Wednesday 12th October 2016 year 10 design technology students, including myself, had a trip to the Red House, Bexleyheath, and also Eltham Palace. The trip began around 10:15; we packed up from our lessons and swiftly headed over to the Quentin Blake building. We left school shortly after, headed for Eltham Palace.

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We arrived there around 10:50 am. Straight away every student looked awe-stuck as an impressive art-deco building towered before them surrounded by a moat filled with carp and other fish. We soon entered after a small introductory talk with the tour guide; there was an impressive entrance hall filled with plain modern chairs with a central rug- all was very symmetrical (the typical art deco style lounge area).

The house was originally the home to the Courtauld family. There were often dinner parties there hosting prestigious people such as film directors, politicians and even royals. The house was very modern for its era and already had underfloor heating and features from all over the world. There was a Swedish entrance hall, Italian features, art deco dining room, venetian suite with metallic walls decorated with oriental patterns. Overall the whole building was very impressive and overwhelming due to the sheer size of the palace, spread over acres of land.

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Next we headed to the Red House in Bexleyheath. As soon as we got there a staggering house stood before us, we immediately went round to a modest building hidden away, this was the reception. The reception was where we met our tour guide, it had been renovated from an old stables. The house was originally built for William Morris. He was the son of a stock broker and fell in love with royalty, knights and damsels since the age of nine; he was a medievalist. He was very undecided on what to do as a profession and trained as a clergyman, then an architect and also a painter. He originally had the house built as it was away from the business of London and his dreams. Throughout the decades it has been home to 11 families and altered in different ways. Luckily the changes were only minor so we still got a feel for what it would have looked like originally.

The day concluded with us building an epic Lego representation of the Red House, as you can see:

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By Rachel, Year 10

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