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The Attingham Summer School

 

 

The Attingham Summer School 2023

 

1 – 16 July 2023

 


Since its foundation in 1952, THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL had enjoyed outstanding success and is highly regarded by museums, universities and historic preservation societies throughout the world for its careful selection of members, and sustained academic standards

The School has three main purposes:

To EXAMINE the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain and its gardens and landscape setting.

To STUDY the contents of these buildings – their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors.

To STIMULATE debate on problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents.

 

The 70th Attingham Summer School, a 16-day residential course directed by David Adshead and Tessa Wild, will visit country houses in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. From West Dean, our first base, we will study, amongst other houses and gardens: the complex overlays of Arundel Castle, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Norfolk; Petworth House, where the patronage of great British artists such as Turner and Flaxman enrich its Baroque interiors; Uppark, a Grand Tour house and Standen, an Arts and Crafts reinterpretation of the country house.

In the Midlands a series of related houses will be examined: Hardwick Hall, unique amongst Elizabethan houses for its survival of late 16th-century decoration and contents; Bolsover Castle, a Jacobean masque setting frozen in stone and Chatsworth, where the collections and gardens of the Cavendishes and Dukes of Devonshires span more than four centuries. Other highlights include the superb collections and landscaped gardens at Boughton House – ‘the English Versailles’ – and Robert Adam’s crisp neo-Classical interior of Kedleston Hall
 
Based in Norwich, the final part of the course will explore the estates and collections of Norfolk, a coastal county of rich contrasts and exceptional houses.  Our itinerary will include Blickling, the fine Jacobean house of Sir Henry Hobart and later of the Earls of Buckingham, renowned for its Long Gallery and outstanding library; Felbrigg Hall, a 17th-century house with important Grand Tour collections and mid-18th-century interiors by James Paine and Houghton Hall, the great Palladian country seat of Sir Robert Walpole the first ‘Prime-Minister’, with its unrivalled work by William Kent. We will also travel to Cambridgeshire to study Anglesey Abbey: built as a monastic foundation, the estate was purchased in 1926 and extensively re-modelled by Huttleston Broughton, 1st Baron Fairhaven, to house his important collection of art, books and sculpture. 

 

Course Director, The Attingham Summer School

David Adshead, FSA

Course Director, The Attingham Summer School

Tessa Wild, FSA

Course Co-ordinator

Lorna Gartside

Enrolment and Fees

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

The cost of the residential course is £4,730. This includes accommodation, breakfast, dinner and most lunches. Tuition, admissions and travel by private coach during the course are also included. Accommodation is in standard university accommodation but all bedrooms are for single occupancy and have en-suite facilities. Not included is the costs of drinks, laundry, guide books and membership of the National Trust/Royal Oak Foundation, which is obligatory. 

Applications

The deadline for applications is 29 January 2023.  All candidates will be notified by the end of March 2023 if they have been awarded a place.  Payment of fees in full will be due by 30 April 2023, 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.

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.

Scholarships for applicants from countries other than the USA or Australia

Applicants who are unable to met the fees are first encouraged to approach their institutions for full or partial financial assistance before applying for the course. Some scholarship funding through The Attingham Trust is available thanks to the generous support of various individuals and charitable foundations. 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.

Any queries can be directed to Lorna Gartside:

Scholarships for applicants from the USA

US Applicants seeking scholarship support should apply directly to the American Friends of Attingham using the specific scholarship form, available online at: www.americanfriendsofattingham.org/courses/summer-school

Scholarships for applicants from Australia

For applicants from Australia seeking scholarships, please refer to: www.coplandfoundation.au by 28 November 2022

 
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
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 November 2022. Should this prove necessary, members will be informed.
 
Hardwick Hall photo credit: Amy Henderson

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