David Adshead, FSA
DIRECTOR, THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL; DIRECTOR, THE LONDON HOUSE COURSE
David Adshead is the Secretary of The Georgian Group, one of the country’s national amenity societies. He was previously Head Curator and Architectural Historian for the National Trust. He has written extensively on aspects of the country house, for thirteen years editing the National Trust’s Historic Houses and Collections Annual, published in association with Apollo Magazine, and has most recently edited the monograph Hardwick Hall: A Great Old Castle of Romance (Yale University Press 2016). A former chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain he is a member of Historic England’s Advisory Committee, a trustee of the Stowe House Preservation Trust and a member of the Heritage Advisory Panel of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.
Helen Jacobsen, DPhil
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE ATTINGHAM TRUST; DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLECTION STUDIES AND FRENCH EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
Helen Jacobsen was formerly Senior Curator and Curator of French 18th-century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection, where she curated exhibitions on the French eighteenth century and collecting history. She has published on French furniture and decorative art as well as the collecting of the eighteenth century in the nineteenth century, and was most recently editor of Jean-Henri Riesener. Cabinetmaker to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette (PWP, 2020). She has taught at the universities of Oxford and Buckingham, and her experience with Attingham includes a term as co-Director of the Attingham Summer School (2009-2012). She is a member of the Council of the French Porcelain Society and the Grants Committee of the Furniture History Society and is a Trustee of the Leche Trust.
DIRECTOR, THE ATTINGHAM STUDY PROGRAMME 2021 (The Historic House in Ireland)
Elizabeth Jamieson is an independent researcher, lecturer and art-historian. She is the curatorial advisor to the National Trust on horse-drawn carriages and historic stables, and is currently writing a book on The British Carriage which will be published in 2020. She recently directed an Attingham Study Programme on The Horse and the Country House and is organising a follow-on conference on Horses: Art, Politics and Mobility in spring 2020. Elizabeth was formerly a member of the English Furniture Department at Sotheby’s and before that she worked for the antique dealer Partridge Fine Arts. She was Council Member and Hon. Newsletter Editor for the Furniture History Society from 2010-15 and Director of the Attingham Summer School from 2013 to 2017.
DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLECTION STUDIES
Rebecca Lyons is the Director of Learning & Collections at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. An experienced lecturer, writer and researcher in art history and the history of collecting, Rebecca has been a Curator for the National Trust and, prior to this, was Director of the Fine & Decorative Art MLitt and MA programmes at Christie’s Education, London/University of Glasgow where she taught for fifteen years. Educated at Oxford, the Courtauld Institute and Cambridge, Rebecca sits on the steering committee for the Society for the History of Collecting and is Chair of a large Academy Trust in east London. She has most recently written a chapter of the forthcoming Royal Collection book to accompany the exhibition George IV: Art and Spectacle, opening later in 2019.
Andrew Moore, PhD, FSA
DIRECTOR, FROM COLLEGE LIBRARY TO COUNTRY HOUSE
Andrew Moore PhD, FSA is an independent curator, lecturer and author. He has written and co-authored numerous publications, which include A Capital Collection, (co-editor and contributing author with Larissa Dukelskaya, Yale University Press with the Paul Mellon Centre of Studies in British Art, 2002) and Houghton Hall Portrait of an English Country House (co-author with David Cholmondeley, Rizzoli 2014). Guest curator of the exhibition ‘The Paston Treasure’ and co-editor of the accompanying publication (Yale and Norwich, 2018), he is currently writing a book on the European travels of Thomas Coke, his collecting and their impact upon Holkham Hall.
Annabel Westman, FSA
DIRECTOR EMERITUS, THE ATTINGHAM TRUST
Annabel Westman was Director of the Summer School from 1993-2005 and Executive Director from 2005-2021, during which time she directed several Attingham Study Programmes. She now runs the Attingham alumni events programme for The Attingham Society. Annabel is also an independent textile historian, lecturer and advisor on historic interiors for heritage bodies. For over forty years, she has researched and written extensively on the subject, including her book Fringe, Frog and Tassel (National Trust and Philip Wilson, 2019), and advised on numerous textile restoration projects for the National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, national and regional museums and other organisations in Britain, Europe and the USA. She is a Trustee of the Stowe House Preservation Trust and a member of its interiors working group.
Tessa Wild FSA
DIRECTOR, THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL
Tessa Wild is an independent curator and Collections Adviser at Houghton Hall, Norfolk. Her book William Morris and his Palace of Art (Philip Wilson) was published in July 2018. She is currently co-curating The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth which opens in March 2019. She previously worked as a curator for the National Trust and is a trustee of the Emery Walker Trust.