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The Attingham Annual Reunion 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Attingham Annual Reunion on Monday 4 February 2019 at CHRISTIE’S in London.

Doors will open at 6.15pm and there will be an introduction at 6.40pm followed by a talk by Jeremy Musson ‘The Country House: Past, Present, Future’, followed by drinks and canapés.

We would love to see as many of you as possible at the Reunion.  It is always a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, so please come along and encourage other Attingham alumni to come too.

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019, 6.30pm – 9pm

(Cost includes a talk by Jeremy Musson, plus drinks and canapés)
If you are able to make a contribution – however small – towards the Attingham Scholarship Fund, that would be hugely appreciated. 

To register for the Reunion, please contact Rita Grudzień at  Please note that places are limited and that all tickets must be paid for in advance.  Rita will provide payment details via return email.

The Attingham Trust thanks CHRISTIE’S for their generous help in sponsoring this event

Call for papers: ‘Country House Collections: Their Past, Present & Future’

‘Country House Collections: Their Past, Present and Future’

17th Annual Conference, 13-15 May 2019

Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates,
History Department, Maynooth University

The theme for the Seventeenth Annual Historic Houses Conference, to be held at Maynooth in May 2019 will be ‘Country House Collections: Their Past, Present and Future’.


The conference will look at how and why Country House collections were amassed, examine their break up, and consider the afterlife of objects as they moved into the art market, the museum world, or elsewhere. How does the identity of a house change if its contents have been removed? What were the reasons for such dispersal, were these actions chosen or enforced? What happens to a collection once it has begun to be dismembered, and how are objects viewed and understood in new locations by different audiences? The conference will also discuss the role of art in country houses today, particularly how historic collections combine with, or react to, contemporary installations.

Papers on any aspect of the above relating to collections in Ireland, the UK, or Europe, will be considered. Enquiries and abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to Professor Terence Dooley and Professor Christopher Ridgway before 5 January 2019 at the following addresses:, and