The Attingham Study Programme 2020

‘The Historic House in Ireland’

3 – 11 June 2020

For all applicants, except those from the United States of America *

This intensive nine-day Study Programme will examine the Irish country house and its wider estate, in the context of its changing ownership and presentation.  Some visits will focus on houses with original decorative schemes and collections, allowing members to study the unique features of Irish design, while others will look at houses as the setting for outdoor and leisure pursuits.

The Programme’s first base will be the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at the University of Maynooth, from where it is planned to visit CARTON HOUSE and CASTLETOWN HOUSE, both significant Palladian villas, whose interior decoration was conceived by the Lennox sisters; the latter complemented by a series of rare estate buildings and monuments.  We will also explore the CASINO at MARINO, NEWBRIDGE HOUSE and LEIXLIP CASTLE, Co. Kildare, bought by the Hon. Desmond Guinness in 1958, and from where the Irish Georgian Society was founded.

The Course will travel south to Cork through Waterford via MONKSGRANGE HOUSE in Co. Wexford, where Irish Arts & Crafts furniture was made in the 1920s and which has a delightful “Lutyenesque”garden.  There will also be a short visit to the DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP at New Ross which carried thousands of emigrants to North America in the 1840s.  From Cork the Neo-Classical interiors at FOTA HOUSE will be explored, as well as the romantic waterside retreat of BANTRY HOUSE on the south-west coast.  We also plan to visit CURRAGHMORE, home of the Marquess of Waterford, whose ancestors arrived in 1170, and LISMORE CASTLE, the seat of the Devonshire’s in Ireland.

The Study Programme will be directed by Elizabeth Jamieson and will include visits to other privately-owned houses as well those listed.  It will be supported by a series of lectures and seminars delivered by expert speakers. The Course will start and finish in the historic city of Dublin


Elizabeth Jamieson

Rita Grudzień

Enrolment and fees

The cost of this 9-day course will be online in early November.  This includes tuition, accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach.  Airfares are not included.


The deadline for applications is 27 January 2020. All candidates will be notified in mid March 2020.  If awarded a place, an invoice will be sent and a deposit should be made at this time. The balance of fees is due, without further notice, by 12 April 2020.

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 will be applied.

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.

To Apply

* Applications from the United States
The course fee, which includes the U.S. handling fee, will be online in early November.  A downloadable PDF form will be available from the American Friends of Attingham website.  For any assistance please contact Mary Ellen Whitford, American Friends of Attingham, 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016, USA.  Email:; Tel: 001 (212) 682 6840.

Applications from Britain, Europe and all other countries
Applications can be made online below in early November.  For any assistance, please contact Rita Grudzień:


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

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 2019. Should this prove necessary, members will be informed by 8 April 2020.

Scholarships for applications from Australia

*For applications from Australia seeking scholarships, please refer to before 15 November 2019.