Innovation and Creativity:

 furnishing the country house 1780-1950

5pm – 7.30pm (BST) 12noon – 2.30pm (EDT)

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June

Join BIFMO every Tuesday throughout June, when curators and historians will consider the evolution and variety of country house interiors in Britain and Ireland created between 1780 and 1950, with an emphasis on furniture makers and designers. Each of the four sessions will deal with a different stylistic phase and will be introduced by either Dr Megan Aldrich (sessions 1-3) or Elisabeth Bogdan (session 4). Each week the introduction will be followed by two experts who will provide case studies on specific country houses. A short Q&A will follow each presentation.

 Course programme overview:

Session 1 – 4th June

Title: Reconsidering the Antique: later neoclassical interiors

Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Dr Kyle Leyden & James Collett-White


Session 2 – 11th June

Title: Opulence and Excellence in Regency Interiors

Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Dr Alexandra Loske & Adriana Turpin


Session 3 – 18th June

Title: The Arts and Crafts Country Houses: Alternative Interpretations of the Past

Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Jessica Insley & Annette Carruthers


Session 4 – 25th June

Title: The Country House in the Twentieth Century

Speakers: Elisabeth Bogdan, Katherine Sharp & Professor Pat Kirkham.

Tickets may be bought for individual sessions or for the entire course, but you will benefit from a discount if all 4 sessions are bought together. Don’t worry if you cannot attend the sessions live because they will be recorded and links to the recording will be sent to ticketholders.  These recordings will not be available to purchase after the course has ended.

For further information and to purchase tickets please click here to travel straight to the relevant Eventbrite page.  FHS members and ECD members will receive a discount on all tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Davies at .

IMAGES ON THE BANNER ABOVE (from left to right): Detail of design for the Royal Pavilion Brighton by John Gregory Crace ã V&A Museum, London; detail of walnut Arts and Crafts side chair (c.1900), designed by Robert Weir Schultz for Mount Stuart © The Bute Collection at Mount Stuart. Photo: Keith Hunter; entrance hall at Mount Stuart. Photo: Ann Davies; staircase designed by Edwin Lutyens at Castle Drogo; Devon (1911-1930). ã Adrian Colston; the entrance hall at Melsetter House, Hoy, Orkney. ã RIBA Collections. Photo: Martin Charles.