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The Attingham Summer School is an intensive eighteen-day residential course devoted to the study of British historic houses. It offers privileged access to approximately twenty-five buildings in three regions of England. The program includes on-site instruction by staff curators and property owners, as well as seminars and lectures provided by eminent visiting scholars who impart a broad artistic and social context for the country house, its landscape, and contents. Discussion among colleagues from a variety of backgrounds enriches the learning process and forms an important component of the program.

Since its foundation in 1952, the Attingham Summer School has been recognized for its careful selection of students and its high academic standards. Museums, universities, historic preservation societies, architectural firms, and arts-related businesses that have sponsored members of their staff have benefited from this unique educational opportunity. View the Summer School Video for alumni comments on their experiences. Apple QuickTime is required to view video. Free download available.


Summer School 2013

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Who Should Apply
The Attingham Summer School is academically intensive and physically rigorous. It is designed for scholars, arts professionals, and collectors who are interested in furthering their knowledge about the British country house. Applicants come from around the world and are engaged in a variety of architectural and arts-related professions. Museum directors, curators and educators, architectural historians, architects and landscape architects, conservators, interior designers specializing in historic preservation, teachers, and advanced graduate students of the fine and decorative arts are all encouraged to apply. Candidates from the Americas should apply through the American Friends of Attingham. Scholarship assistance is available.







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