Attingham Study Programme

The Historic House in Denmark

1st – 8th June 2016

This intensive programme will concentrate on Denmark’s rich heritage of royal castles and manor houses virtually unknown outside the country. Spread across the islands, a wide variety of properties will be studied dating from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century many still in private ownership with impressive collections of paintings, furniture, ceramics, silver and textiles. A large number were built during the era of absolute monarchy (1660-1848) when the manor house functioned as the administrative centre of an estate often reflected by the close proximity of many fine farm buildings and open fields.

The course will start in Copenhagen examining the sumptuous interiors and collections at Rosenborg, a Dutch-Renaissance castle built for Christian IV in 1606, and Amalienborg designed by the architect, Nicolai Eigtved, and famed for its 1750s Rococo decoration.The royal theme will continue at Clausholm, one of the most sophisticated Baroque buildings in Denmark boasting three rooms in the Chinese taste. It provides an interesting comparison to Gammel Estrup, a fine manor house rebuilt in the sixteenth century and now run as a house museum. Renaissance houses dominate in Denmark as will be seen at Halsted Kloster complete with its church and estate village, and at Holsteinborg, a grand manor house which reflects the importance of Denmark as a seafaring nation. Like many others, including Gisselfeld which became a foundation for noble women, these sixteenth-century houses have evolved over the centuries with notable later additions compensating for numerous nineteenth century properties that have since been destroyed. Houses built during the long period of peace from the 1720s to the Napoleonic wars have fared much better and include Ledreborg in 1739 with its rich furnishings and impressive setting, and Gavnø, a fine Rococo building with the largest painting collection in Scandinavia. Glorup has a more complex building history but its latest ‘modernisation’ in the 1760s for Count A.G. Moltke, close advisor to Frederick V, reflects a royal connection that many houses still retain.

The visits, which will include further royal and private properties not usually open, have been organised with the invaluable assistance of a Danish advisory committee chaired by Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg.

Enrolment and Fees

The cost of the 8-day course is £2,500. 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 $4,400.

Applications from the United States
Application forms are available from the website or from Mary Ellen Whitford, 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016, USA. Email:

Applications from Britain, Europe & all other countries
Application forms are available from the website or from Kate Dyson, The Attingham Trust, The Beehive, 36 Railway Side, London SW13 0PN; E-mail:

Closing date for applications
To arrive by 24th January 2016. 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 2016 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 reserves the right to amend the Study Programme and to adjust the fees as these were assessed in September 2015. If necessary applicants will be informed by 1st April 2016.

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
Rosemary Lomax-Simpson
Sir Hugh Roberts, GCVO, FSA
The Lord Rothschild, OM, GBE
Coral Samuel, CBE

Sheila ffolliott

Annabel Westman, FSA

Kate Dyson

Chamberlain, Baron Henrik Wedell-Wedellsborg, K1.
Chamberlain Niels-Knud Liebgott,K.
Jørgen Hein, R.


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

US Applicants – download PDF Application Form

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