The Attingham Study Programme
‘The Horse and the Country House’

19th – 28th September 2018

For all applicants, except those from the United States of America.

This Course is now fully subscribed.
For information on the 2019 Study Programme, please check the Courses page of this website in mid October.

This intensive, ten-day study programme, will examine the country house as a setting for outdoor pursuits, such as hunting and racing, and as a focus for horse-drawn travel. The course will be based in two different locations, East Anglia and Yorkshire, and concentrate on houses where the architecture, interior design and works of art have strong equine connections. There will be visits to houses with good sporting art collections, noteworthy stable blocks, riding houses or carriage collections.

The first half of the programme will be based in the Suffolk market town of Newmarket, renowned as the birthplace of British horse racing. Working in association with the NATIONAL HERITAGE CENTRE FOR HORSERACING AND SPORTING ART, members will visit the Fred Packard museum and Galleries, housed in CHARLES II’s RACING PALACE as well as the museum and the ROTHSCHILD YARD, now a stable for retired racehorses. A visit to WIMPOLE HALL will consider Sir John Soane’s spectacular MODEL FARM, one of the finest and best preserved examples of late-18th century model farm architecture; a live heavy horse display will illustrate the vital role horses played in farming throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. At AUDLEY END, the late 16th-century stable block will be studied – lately it has been the focus of new historic research and visitor engagement. At EUSTON HALL members will see the way in which the William Kent designed landscape has been shaped by racing. A short visit to THE MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM will illustrate the importance of the horse in the Edwardian era. Members will stay in accommodation at the prestigious JOCKEY CLUB ROOMS, a private members club built in 1750, with an important collection of sporting art and memorabilia.

The course will then travel north through the heart of England to Yorkshire via WELBECK ABBEY, a house whose architecture and magnificent art collections are strongly influenced by a  love of horses. There will be an opportunity to spend an afternoon at the races, at BEVERLEY RACECOURSE, where the first grandstand was built in 1767. Members will visit HOVINGHAM HALL, BURTON CONSTABLE, SLEDMERE and BOLSOVER CASTLE, as well as other private houses and hunting boxes. The course will end in YORK, with a visit to the NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM where the impact of the railway on horse drawn transport will be considered.

Visits will be supported by a series of seminars and lectures by invited speakers.

Elizabeth Jamieson

Rita Grudzień

Enrolment and fees

The cost of the 10-day course is £2,750. This includes tuition, shared accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Airfares are not included. There are no single bedrooms in the Jockey Club, however rooms are generously sized and exceptionally comfortable – see for images and further information.  Should you still require a single room for the four nights we are in Newmarket, please contact Rita Grudzien before submitting your application and she will be able to discuss alternative accommodation arrangements and costs.  Single rooms (on payment of a £200 supplement) will be available for the 5 nights we are in Yorkshire. Single rooms are not available to those receiving scholarship assistance, unless there is a specific medical reason.


The deadline for applications is 12th February 2018. All candidates will be notified in mid-March. If awarded a place, an invoice will be sent and a deposit of £500 should be made at this time. The balance of fees is due, without further notice, by 6th April 2018.

Participants are strongly advised to insure against cancellation as no refunds will be made following payment, unless the place can be filled by another suitable candidate. In such a case, an administrative fee of £150 will be applied.

It must be noted that this course is intensive and physically strenuous and that some specialist diets cannot always be catered for.

To Apply

Applications from the United States
The cost of the course in USD is $3,910, plus the US handling fee of $150. A downloadable PDF form is now available from the American Friends of Attingham website. For any assistance please contact Mary Ellen Whitford, American Friends of Attingham, 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016, USA. Email:; Tel: 001 (212) 682 6840

Applications from Britain, Europe and all other countries
Applications can be made online immediately below. For any assistance please contact Rita Grudzień, The Attingham Trust, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. Email:; Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9057


Some scholarship funding is available thanks to the generous support of various individuals and charitable foundations. Since this amount is limited, applicants who are unable to meet the fees are encouraged to approach their institutions for full or partial financial assistance before applying for the course. Any candidate wishing to apply for a scholarship must complete the scholarship application at the bottom of this form and provide details of his/her current salary.*

All candidates awarded a full scholarship either wholly from The Attingham Trust, or in combination with their institution or a separate funding body, are required to make a personal contribution of £150 to support the work of the Attingham Educational Charitable Trust.

The Council of The Attingham Trust reserves the right to adjust fees if there is a substantial change in the exchange rate, as these were assessed on the basis of assumptions made in September 2017. Should this prove necessary, members will be informed by 1st April.

Scholarships for applications from Australia

*For applications from Australia seeking scholarships, please refer to before 30th November 2017