The Attingham Study Programme
The Horse and the Country House
September 19-28, 2018
This intensive, ten-day study programme, will examine the country house as a setting for outdoor pursuits, such as hunting and racing, and as a focus for horse-drawn travel. The course will be based in two different locations, East Anglia and Yorkshire, and concentrate on houses where the architecture, interior design and works of art have strong equine connections. There will be visits to houses with good sporting art collections, noteworthy stable blocks, riding houses or carriage collections.
The first half of the programme will be based in the Suffolk market town of Newmarket, renowned as the birthplace of British horse racing. Working in association with the NATIONAL HERITAGE CENTRE FOR HORSERACING AND SPORTING ART, members will visit the Fred Packard museum and Galleries, housed in CHARLES II’s RACING PALACE as well as the museum and the ROTHSCHILD YARD, now a stable for retired racehorses. A visit to WIMPOLE HALL will consider Sir John Soane’s spectacular MODEL FARM one of the finest and best preserved examples of late-18th century model farm architecture; a live heavy horse display will illustrate the vital role horses played in farming throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. At AUDLEY END, the late 16th-century stable block will be studied – lately it has been the focus of new historic research and visitor engagement. At EUSTON HALL members will see the way in which the William Kent designed landscape has been shaped by racing. A short visit to THE MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM will illustrate the importance of the horse in the Edwardian era. Members will stay in accommodation at the prestigious JOCKEY CLUB ROOMS, a private members club built in 1750, with an important collection of sporting art and memorabilia.
The course will then travel north through the heart of England to Yorkshire via WELBECK ABBEY, a house whose architecture and magnificent art collections are strongly influenced by a love of horses. There will be an opportunity to spend an afternoon at the races, at BEVERLEY RACECOURSE, where the first grandstand was built in 1767. Members will visit HOVINGHAM HALL, BURTON CONSTABLE, SLEDMERE and CASTLE HOWARD, as well as other private houses and hunting boxes. The course will end in YORK, with a visit to the NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM where the impact of the railway on horse drawn transport will be considered.
Enrollment and fees
The cost of the course, which includes the U.S. handling fee, is $4,060. The fee includes tuition, accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Not included is the fee is airfare, guidebooks, most alcoholic beverages, laundry and incidentals. You must arrange for your own health insurance coverage while you are on the course.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT – Please note there is a single room supplement of $275 available for the second half of the course only. For more information on accommodations, please contact . Single rooms are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason
The Attingham Study Programme is intended for museum curators, lecturers, architects, conservationists and others with a keen interest in the fine and decorative arts. The course will involve walking and climbing stairs. Accommodation is in modest hotels where lectures are also given, and participants must manage their own luggage.
It must be noted that this course is intensive and physically strenuous. Additionally, it might not always be possible to accommodate some dietary restrictions.