Study Trip 2017: New Orleans

American Friends of Attingham Study Trip to New Orleans

29th March – 2nd April WAITING LIST ONLY

The AFA is proud to announce New Orleans, Louisiana as the destination for the 2017 Study Trip. New Orleans, a city steeped in rich cross-cultural heritage, provides an enriching study of architecture, landscape, decorative arts and the history of trade and collecting. The itinerary includes visits to key historic sites of architecture in the French Quarter, Garden District, Uptown, City Park, and beyond. Access to private residences will highlight the city’s unique, architecture and interior decoration from the past to the present. In addition, the itinerary will include curatorial tours to museums and collections including the Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum sites, Long Vue House and Gardens, and more. There will be a day trip to stately plantations, showcasing the cultural geography of houses along the Mississippi River. The trip is coordinated by local Attingham alumni, AFA Board members Steven Spandle and Jennifer Klos, and also local scholars, historians, curators, architects and preservationists.

Please email the AFA Administrator, Cynthia Drayton, for more info:

The Country House Revived?


Dublin Castle, 19-21 June 2017

The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University and The Office of Public Works in association with The Attingham Trust, The Historic Houses Association, and The Paul Mellon Centre.

The focus of this conference will be on the survival and revival of historic houses in Ireland, the UK, and Europe in the course of the last fifty years.

For more detail please click here

The Giles Waterfield Attingham Scholarship Fund


Since Giles’s untimely death we have been inundated with wonderful tributes from across the globe. The unifying sentiment is clear: the shared acute sadness is not just the palpable loss of a special, kind, funny and deeply and variously cultured man but also the closure before completion of so many productive and entertaining co-operations and conversations.

Such was Giles’s contribution that all of you working in the world of the fine and decorative arts and architecture and who were lucky enough to have been taught by him or come under his influence more remotely, will know how much he enriched your professional lives.

It is with this in mind that the board of The Attingham Trust has decided to set up a fund to endow a scholarship in Giles’s name to be given every year on an Attingham course.

Giles worked tirelessly to make all his projects the best they could be and to inspire his colleagues and those that he taught reach that high level of excellence in their working lives. We are sure that it would have given him great pleasure to know that he was still encouraging others to take up the mantle. The Attingham Trust feels the founding of The Giles Waterfield Attingham Scholarship Fund would be the most fitting tribute to this irreplaceable and much loved member of its worldwide family.

There is no better place to start this appeal than with Attingham alumni. Our hope is to raise an annual scholarship in perpetuity so please give as generously as you can by clicking here. This will enable you to pay directly into the Fund’s PayPal account with your credit card. Alternatively you can send a cheque made out to The Attingham Trust (reference Giles Waterfield) to: Rebecca Parker, The Attingham Trust, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. For large donations bank transfer details can be provided, and any other enquiry answered, by contacting Rebecca: or 020 7253 9057.

We kindly ask all UK taxpayers to Gift Aid their donation by filling out this form and returning it to Rebecca.

American alumni can also donate through the American Friends of Attingham by contacting Cynthia Drayton: and noting that the donation is for the Giles Waterfield Attingham Scholarship Fund.

A copy of the Order of Service from Giles’s Service of Thanksgiving held on Wednesday 11th January 2017 is available on request from Rebecca: