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

An Evening of Country House Readings, hosted by Tessa Wild, Co-Director of The Attingham Summer School. You can read the running order here watch the full recording here

Queen Mary: First Royal Curator

Queen Mary, consort of King George V, has often been dismissed in the past as a collector of fripperies and bibelots, yet not only did she add considerably and significantly to the Royal Collection, but visitors to the royal residences today see the works of art through her lens. Queen Mary was the first member of the Royal Family to consider the collections in her care in their historical context, reorganising and redisplaying the works of art with didactic purpose and the provision of interpretation of many objects for the first time. 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

Interpreting archival documentation can present many challenges when furnishing an historic interior. Colour and design, texture and technique are just some of the queries and considerations raised when restoring beds and window curtains, seat furniture and carpets to replicate an historic period. This talk will concentrate 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 will be 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, looks 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.
You can watch the recording here