Attingham Study Programme

The Historic House in the Lands of the Czech Crown

7th – 16th June 2015

The Study Programme 2015 will be held in the Lands of the Czech Crown, the historic name for Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. It will mainly concentrate on castles, houses and gardens in central, eastern and southern Bohemia and Moravia where the interior decoration and furnishings original to the house have survived or have been restituted using the archives and invaluable ‘black books’ recording the collections.

Commencing in Prague, members will follow an ambitious 10-day itinerary based in four locations in order to visit a wide variety of properties dating from the medieval period through to Art Deco. Built by emperors, noblemen and bishops, they reflect the rich and varied heritage of this central European country once at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire and its subsequent rule by the Hapsburgs until 1918. The golden era of Charles IV will be studied with special visits to St Vitus Cathedral, and Karlštejn Castle designed to house the imperial regalia. The castles of Telč, Jinřichův Hradec, and the delightful Italian-inspired residences of Kratochvíle and Bučovice complete with original fresco and stucco decoration, are among some of the evocative Renaissance properties to be examined. Many of the great aristocratic houses and their gardens, including Kroměříž and Český Krumlov with its extraordinary intact theatre, were later transformed and extended to incorporate opulent interiors, furniture and paintings in Baroque and Rococo styles. In contrast, the 19th century looked to English Gothic Revival architecture for inspiration as will be seen at Hrádek u Nechanic and Hluboká, A number of visits to privately-owned houses are also planned, including Častolovice with its impressive 16th century Knights’ Hall, Nové Město nad Metují furnished in the early 20th century, and the stunning Lobkowicz collection where a reception will be held.

The itinerary has been planned by a committee of Czech Attingham alumni with the support of the National Heritage Institute (Národní památkový ústav) and the National Gallery (Národní galerie), the leading heritage institutions in the Czech Republic.

Enrolment and Fees

The cost of the 10-day course is £2,450. This includes tuition, single room accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Airfares are not included. For more details, see application form. The cost in US dollars, including the handling charge, is $4,560.

Applications from the United States
Application forms are available from The American Friends of Attingham and all questions should be related to: Cheryl Hageman, Administrative Director, American Friends of Attingham, 475 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016. E-mail:

Applications from Britain, Europe & all other countries
Application forms are available at the bottom of this page or from Rebecca Parker, The Attingham Trust, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ; E-mail:

Closing date for applications
To arrive by 24th January 2015. 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 2015 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 2014. If necessary applicants will be informed by 1st April 2015.

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

Sarah Nichols

Kateřina Cichrová
Dr Eva Lukášová
Dr Andrea Rousová
Inka Truxová


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

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