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French Eighteenth-Century Studies



French Eighteenth-Century Studies

at The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN


This course has now been completed

French eighteenth-century studies is organised by The Attingham Trust on behalf of the Wallace Collection. Based at Hertford House, this intensive, non-residential study programme aims to foster a deeper knowledge and understanding of French eighteenth-century fine and decorative art and is intended primarily to aid professional development. A day at Waddesdon Manor, Ferdinand de Rothschild’s former country house, will help broaden the scope of the course still further.

The academic programme will provide privileged access to the world-class collections of furniture, paintings, sculpture, textiles, metalwork and porcelain in these two collections. The group will be limited to a small number to allow for detailed, object-based study, handling sessions and a look at behind-the-scenes conservation.

Study sessions and lectures will be led by the Course Director Dr Helen Jacobsen, Curator of French eighteenth-century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection, and the relevant curatorial staff; other international authorities and the curators at Waddesdon will provide further specialist teaching.

This course is primarily aimed at curators and other specialists in the fine and decorative arts.

Enrolment and fees

Applicants from 2020 have deferred their places to 2022 and the course is currently full. Any enquiries can be directed to Rebecca Parker.

The cost of the 5-day course is £980. This includes all tuition, two evening receptions and a final dinner. Also included is a full study day at Waddesdon Manor, with lunch and travel by coach. This is a non-residential course and airfares are not included in the fee.

Closing date for applications is 24 January 2022.

All applicants will be notified by the end of February 2022. The balance of fees is due, without further notice, by 1 April 2022. These payments should be made in £ sterling to ‘The Attingham Trust’ by bank transfer OR cheque drawn on a UK bank.

There is some financial support available for suitable candidates.

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 £100 will be charged.

NB The Attingham Trust reserves the right to make changes to the advertised programme. Please note when making your application that this is an intensive and physically strenuous course. There is plenty of walking, standing and climbing stairs and your fitness must be of a level that will not impact on the enjoyment of the group or take up disproportionate amounts of the organisers’ attention. You should have a good level of spoken English.  Whilst we are happy to cater for vegetarian and gluten-free needs, other specialist diets cannot always be accommodated.

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 2021. Should this prove to be necessary, members will be informed by 1st April 2022.

Any queries should be directed to Rebecca Parker

Please note that The Attingham Trust is a registered educational charity. Our courses are provided occasionally, on a not-for-profit basis and to a limited group of participants. This trip does not, therefore, constitute a ‘package holiday’ for the purpose of the Package Travel Regulations

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