Royal Collection Studies 2019

1 – 10 September 2019

Established in 1996, Royal Collection Studies is an annual course organised on behalf of Royal Collection Trust by The Attingham Trust, which has run successful summer schools since 1952.

Based near Windsor, the course provides an overview of the patronage and collecting of the Kings and Queens of England/United Kingdom, from the 15th century onwards.  Teaching includes lectures and tutorials, as well as visits to both the occupied and unoccupied palaces in and around London.

The course is organised on broadly chronological principles, developing an understanding of the changing function and character of the British Royal Collection through a study of the monarchs responsible for its creation and the objects collected.  Group discussion and exchange is an important part of the course, and content includes architecture and interiors, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

The course is held when the Royal Family is not in residence and WINDSOR CASTLE is the central focus. Several visits are made before or after opening hours.  Regular visits are also made to other palaces and there are several object-focused study sessions.

The course begins at ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL, Windsor and considers its association with the Order of the Garter.  After visits to WESTMINSTER ABBEY and the TOWER OF LONDON, the Tudor and Stuart apartments at HAMPTON COURT are studied in depth. The BANQUETING HOUSE and QUEEN’S HOUSE, GREENWICH continue the Stuart story.

KENSINGTON PALACE gives an insight into the patronage of William and Mary and their immediate successors, and Georgian female patronage and collecting is also considered at FROGMORE HOUSE.  The exuberant figure of George IV informs visits to the State Apartments of WINDSOR and to BUCKINGHAM PALACE.  Study of the later 19th century is concentrated at Windsor and illustrates the involvement of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in artistic and practical affairs.

The course is directed by Rebecca Lyons, and lecturers and tutors include the director and curators of Royal Collection Trust, curators at Historic Royal Palaces, and other key specialists.  Alumni have been drawn from all over the world across a variety of disciplines.  The course is intended primarily for those professionally engaged in relevant work and some scholarship assistance is available.

John Lewis OBE

Rebecca Lyons

Sara Heaton

Rufus Bird
Sebastian Edwards
Tim Knox
Charlotte Manley CVO, OBE
Jemima Rellie
Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO
Annabel Westman FSA

Enrolment and fees

The cost of the course is £2,800.  It includes shared accommodation, meals, tuition, admissions, guide-books and travel by private coach. All participants will stay at Cumberland Lodge, a former Royal residence situated in Windsor Great park and now a comfortable and well equipped conference centre. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of £520. Single rooms are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason.


The deadline for applications is 12 February 2019.  All candidates will be notified by end of March 2019 if they have been awarded a place.  Payment of fees in full will be due by 30 April 2019, and may be made by bank transfer or with a sterling cheque.  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 made.

Scholarships for applicants from the USA

US Applicants seeking scholarship support should apply directly to the American Friends of Attingham using their specific scholarship form, available online at:

Scholarships for applicants from Australia

For applicants from Australia seeking scholarships, please refer to: before 15 November 2018.

Scholarships for applicants from other countries

Some scholarship funding is available thanks to the generous support of various individuals and charitable foundations.  Since this amount is limited, applicants who are unable to meet the fees are encouraged to approach their institutions for full or partial financial assistance before applying for the course.  Any candidate wishing to apply for a scholarship must complete the scholarship application at the bottom of this form and provide details of his/her current salary.

All candidates awarded a full scholarship either wholly from The Attingham Trust, or financial support in combination with their institution or a separate funding body, are required to make a personal contribution of £150 to support the work of the Attingham Educational Charitable Trust.