Attingham Study Programme

The Historic House in Belgium: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels

11th – 19th June 2014

Belgium is a country that has been fought over by the Great Powers for centuries. In this hundredth anniversary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the Study Programme aims to unlock its turbulent past, its periods of great prosperity as well as its times of strife, through the study of its historic houses and collections.

For long a province of various empires, from the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century to the Hapsburgs as part of the Spanish and, after 1713, the Austrian Netherlands, the land was occupied by the French from 1795-1814 and then placed under Dutch rule when Belgium was joined with the Netherlands. Not until the bourgeois revolution of 1830 was independence under a constitutional monarchy finally proclaimed and Belgium able to assert itself to become the second industrial nation after Britain and a colonial power in its own right.

This intensive course will be based in two historically important and fiercely independent cities; Flemish Ghent, the centre of the mediaeval cloth-making industry and Liège, in Wallonia, which derived its prosperity from iron and coal. Time will also be spent in the great port of Antwerp, studying its seventeenth-century merchants’ houses and in Brussels, examining its internationally-renowned Art Nouveau properties. Outside the towns, visits will be made to a Premonstratensian Abbey, subject of a major restoration project, and to a variety of fascinating and unusual country houses, many of which are privately owned, including Attre, Beloeil, d’Ursel, Hex, Longchamps and Loppem.

The planning of this course has been given invaluable assistance by the Belgiam Attingham alumni and other Belgian specialists many of whom will be involved in the teaching on the course.

Enrolment and Fees

The cost of the 9-day course is £2,450. This includes tuition, shared accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Airfares are not included. There is a single room supplement. For more details, see application form. The cost in US dollars, including the handling charge, is $4,260.

Applications from the United States
Application forms are available at the bottom of this page or from Cheryl Hageman, Administrative Director, American Friends of Attingham, 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10001. E-mail:

Applications from Britain, Europe & all other countries
Application forms are available at the bottom of this page or from Kate Morgan, The Attingham Trust, 20 Nightingale Road, Hampton TW12 3HX; E-mail:

Closing date for applications
To arrive by 25th January 2014. Applicants will be notified in late February at which time a deposit of £500 should be made. The balance of fees is due by 31st March 2014 without further notice.

Participants are strongly advised to insure against cancellation as no refunds can be made once a place has been confirmed.

Some scholarship assistance is available. Applicants will be asked to provide a short statement of financial need and letter of reference with the completed application form.

The Attingham Trust and American Friends of Attingham reserve the right to amend the Study Programme and to adjust the fees as these were assessed in September 2013. If necessary applicants will be informed by April 2014.

John Lewis, OBE

H.M. Ambassador to Washington
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL
Dr. Thomas P. Campbell
Professor Sir David Cannadine, FSA
Sir Timothy Clifford
The Lord Crathorne, KCVO, FSA
The Duke of Devonshire, KCVO, CBE
The Hon. Desmond Guinness
John Harris, OBE, FSA
The Marquis of Lansdowne, LVO, DL
Sir Hugh Roberts, GCVO, FSA
The Lord Rothschild, OM, GBE
Coral Samuel, CBE

E. Clothier Tepper

Annabel Westman, FSA

Dr. Kedrun Laurie

Kate Morgan


Applicants from all countries except the United States – download PDF Application Form

Applicants from the United States – download PDF Application Form

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