Welcome to the Attingham Trust

The Attingham Trust offers a special insight into one of Britain’s greatest contributions to Western art: the country house, together with its collections and landscape setting, as well as the development of the royal palace in England.

Founded in 1952 as The Attingham Summer School Trust and named after the great neoclassical house in Shropshire at which the Summer School was first held, The Attingham Trust has built and sustained an international reputation for academic excellence.  This development has been encouraged by the American Friends of the Attingham Trust, established in New York in 1962.

Four programmes are being organised by the Trust in 2018:

French Eighteenth-Century Studies

Attingham Summer School

Royal Collection Studies

Attingham Study Programme



From a large number of applicants from many countries, participants are chosen who have an architectural, historical, conservationist or academic background, or a close involvement with the fine and decorative arts.

Today many Attingham alumni are among the staff of museums, galleries, universities, heritage bodies, design practices and conservation programmes throughout the world.

Scholarship assistance is available for qualified candidates.