Attingham Summer School
5th-22nd July 2013
Since its foundation in 1952, THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL has enjoyed outstanding success and is highly regarded by museums, universities and historic preservation societies throughout the world for its careful selection of members, and sustained academic standards.
The School has three main purposes:
To EXAMINE the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain and its gardens and landscape setting.
To STUDY the contents of these buildings – their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors.
To STIMULATE debate on problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents.
The 62nd Attingham Summer School
Over the course of 18 days the 62nd Attingham Summer School will visit country houses in Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Kent.The Summer School begins in Sussex, based in the beautiful surroundings of WEST DEAN, latterly the home of the great Surrealist collector, Edward James, and now an educational trust and containing tapestries, furniture and Surrealist paintings. During the first week the School will visit a number of properties nearby, including ARUNDEL CASTLE, the home of the Dukes of Norfolk for over 700 years and GOODWOOD HOUSE, which will expose the School to fine portraits, tapestries and an important collection of Sèvres porcelain. A whole day at PETWORTH combines the Baroque magnificence of the 17th century with a picturesque landscape and 18th and 19th century patronage of great British artists notably Turner and Flaxman. A visit to UPPARK asks important questions about restoration.These visits and seminars will be supplemented by a corresponding series of lectures.
The next leg of the course goes north, via the ancient seat of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele at BROUGHTON CASTLE and on to properties in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. HARDWICK HALL contains magnificent plasterwork and one of the most important collections of 16th and 17th century textiles.The most prominent visit will be two full days of unparalleled access at CHATSWORTH, giving opportunity for seminars on the collections of the Dukes of Devonshire from the 16th century to the present day, and to discuss methods of presentation and education. Other highlights include a visit to see the magnificent Neo-Classical work of Robert Adam at KEDLESTON.
This year the School will travel southeast to Kent – the gateway as well as the garden, of England, close to both London and the sea – to visit a selection of interesting houses and estates, rich in historical associations. KNOLE, with its classic medieval core, built up over subsequent centuries to become the largest country house in Britain, contains a unique collection of Royal Stuart furniture and a large number of early portraits.The School will also visit a number of other houses, villas and gardens, including ELTHAM PALACE with its remarkable Art Deco interiors created for Stephen and Virginia Courtauld by Seely and Paget in the 1930s, attached to the Great Hall built for Edward IV in the 1470s; DANSON HOUSE, a recently restored Palladian villa by Robert Taylor; PENSHURST PLACE, with its magnificent collections of furniture and paintings, originally a home of the Lord Mayor of London and still owned by Lord and Lady de Lisle; BELMONT HOUSE, an elegant 18th century house designed by Samuel Wyatt and famous for its unique collection of clocks created by the 5th Lord Harris, as well as several private houses not usually open to the public.
Enrolment and Course Fees
The cost of the 18-day residential course includes tuition, most meals, accommodation, admission to houses and travel by private coach. Not included is the cost of drinks, laundry, guide books and membership of the National Trust (UK) / Royal Oak Foundation (US). The course will disperse in Kent on 22nd July.
Applications from the United States
Application forms are available from the website or from Cheryl Hageman, Administrator, American Friends of Attingham, 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10001, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for general enrolment, which includes the US handling fee, is $5,595.
Applications from Britain, Europe and all other countries
Application forms are available from the website or from Rebecca Parker, The Attingham Trust, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. E-mail: email@example.com. The cost for general enrolment is £3,240.
To qualify for a scholarship
Several scholarships are offered to candidates on the 2013 Summer School in addition to general enrolment.
To qualify for a scholarship, applicants should be in full-time employment in a museum or art gallery, or with a conservation body, or equivalent organisation. Alternatively they should be practising architects concerned primarily with conservation or be teachers of the fine and decorative arts. They are asked to supply a statement of financial need with their applications.
Candidates, other than those from the USA, awarded a full scholarship either wholly from The Attingham Trust, or in combination with their institution or a separate funding body, are asked to make a personal contribution of £200 to support the work of the Attingham charitable trust.
Closing dates for applications
The closing date is 31st January 2013. Completed forms must be accompanied by a statement of how attendance at the Attingham Summer School may benefit the applicant’s career, together with letters of reference in support of the application, and a statement of financial need if scholarship assistance is required.
All applicants will be notified by mid-March whether they have been accepted.To secure their places, course members should make an immediate deposit of $500/£350 (where applicable).
The balance of the fee is due without further notice by 30th April 2013. Participants are strongly advised to insure against cancellation as no refunds will be made once a place has been confirmed.
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 2012. Should this prove necessary, members will be informed by 1st April 2013.
John Lewis, OBE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ATTINGHAM TRUST
Annabel Westman, FSA
DIRECTORS OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL
Elizabeth Jamieson, MA
Andrew Moore, Ph.D, FSA
Meg Schutzer-Weissmann, MA
PRESIDENT, AMERICAN FRIENDS OF ATTINGHAM
E. Clothier Tepper
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