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The Attingham Study Programme



The Attingham Study Programme 2022

‘The Historic House in Ireland’


14 – 22 September 2022


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 Devonshires 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.


Course Director

Elizabeth Jamieson

Administrative Director

Rita Grudzień

Enrolment and fees

NB. Much of the information below is applicable to non-US applicants only. US-based applicants for the Study Programme must apply and enquire about scholarships through the course page on the American Friends of Attingham website.

The cost of this 9-day residential course is £3550.  This includes tuition, accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach.  Airfares are not included. A limited number of single rooms are available on payment of a supplement of £500. These are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason.

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 necessary, members will be informed.


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

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.


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 the application 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 of £150 to support the work of the Attingham Educational Charitable Trust.

*Applicants from Australia seeking scholarships, should refer to www.coplandfoundation.com.au.

To Apply

Applications from the United States

The course fee, which includes the U.S. handling fee, is available on the American Friends of Attingham website. A limited number of single rooms are available on payment of a supplement. These are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason. US-based applicants must submit their applications through 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.  For any assistance, please contact Rita Grudzień

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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