Past Online Events

Winter Lecture Series 2023

A queer inheritance: an alternative history of the National Trust with Michael Hall

On the basis of a selection of country-house case studies, Michael Hall asks whether current approaches in queer history and contemporary understanding of LGBTQI+ identities offer new ways of analysing the way that the National Trust relates not only to ideas of family and inheritance but also to broader concepts of heritage.

Michael is Editor of The Burlington Magazine. A former Architectural Editor of Country Life and Editor of Apollo, he is writing a queer history of the National Trust, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2025.

You can watch the recording here

Lectures in 2021

Queen Mary: First Royal Curator

Kathryn Jones, Senior Curator, Royal Collection Trust, and Rebecca Lyons, Director of The Attingham Trust’s Royal Collection Studies, consider Queen Mary’s role as collector and curator. You can watch the recording here

The Attingham Trust in association with the Furniture History Society
‘What tone is salmon-coloured? Interpreting documentation in historic textile furnishing schemes’ by Annabel Westman

This talk concentrates on colour and design with some historic house case studies to illustrate and show how sometimes questions have been resolved by the original trimmings supplied – and a red herring is thrown in for good measure as well. You can watch the recording here.

‘An Irish Odyssey’

A virtual tour of Irish historic houses in film and music, followed by a live panel discussion with Terence Dooley (Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates), Mary Heffernan (Office of Public Works), Donough Cahill (Irish Georgian Society) and Fionnuala Ardee (Historic Houses of Ireland), hosted by Study Programme Director Elizabeth Jamieson. You can watch the recording here

‘The Château of Bagatelle: the story of a remarkable house and its collections’

Helen Jacobsen, the Director of the French Eighteenth-Century Studies course, looked at the absorbing story of the Château of Bagatelle, the former hunting lodge in the Bois de Boulogne that was transformed into a jewel of French neoclassicism as the result of a bet between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law, the Comte d’Artois.
The recording is no longer available.

‘A Virtual Tour of Frederic Church’s OLANA: Masterwork of American Landscape and Design’

Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership, uses new 3D imaging technology to lead a virtual tour of Frederic Church’s Olana, the master work of America’s most acclaimed landscape artist of the 19th century. You can watch the recording here

– THE ATTINGHAM ANNUAL LECTURE in celebration of 300 years of Grinling Gibbons –
Grinling Gibbons in the Country House and Royal Palace

Ada de Wit, Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture at the Wallace Collection, London looks at Grinling Gibbons, one of the greatest artists of the English Baroque. You can watch the recording here

‘Pompeii and all that: Reimagining Ancient Worlds’

David Adshead, Co-Director of the Attingham Summer School and Director of the London House Course, looked at the cultural impact of the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii. The recording is no longer available.

‘Royal Collection Studies at 25: Tradition and Innovation’

A reflection on The Attingham Trust’s partnership with the Royal Collection and the discoveries made on the course over the past 25 years. Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection and our own course director, Rebecca Lyons, now Director of Collections & Learning at the Royal Academy, discuss recent research in the context of the RCS programme. You can watch the recording here

‘A Virtual Tour of The Gamble House, the iconic Arts and Crafts house in Pasadena, California’ 

Join Edward R. (Ted) Bosley (SS 2017), Executive Director/CEO, and Jennifer Trotoux (SS 2016), Director of Collections and Interpretation, of the Gamble House Conservancy for an informative walk through Greene & Greene’s 1908 Arts & Crafts era masterwork. You can watch the recording here

Lectures in 2020

Adapting to Survive: The Country House and the Pandemic

An online talk by Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses. This event was hosted by David Adshead, Co-Director of the Attingham Summer School with a Q&A at the end. You can watch the recording here