The Attingham Study Programme 2020

‘The Historic House in Ireland’

June 3-11, 2020

Application Deadline: January 27, 2020

This intensive nine-day Study Programme will examine the Irish country house and its wider estate, in the context of its changing ownership and presentation.  Some visits will focus on houses with original decorative schemes and collections, allowing members to study the unique features of Irish design, while others will look at houses as the setting for outdoor and leisure pursuits.

The Programme’s first base will be the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at the University of Maynooth, from where it is planned to visit CARTON HOUSE and CASTLETOWN HOUSE, both significant Palladian villas, whose interior decoration was conceived by the Lennox sisters; the latter complemented by a series of rare estate buildings and monuments.  We will also explore the CASINO at MARINO, NEWBRIDGE HOUSE and LEIXLIP CASTLE, Co. Kildare, bought by the Hon. Desmond Guinness in 1958, and from where the Irish Georgian Society was founded.

The Course will travel south to Cork through Waterford via MONKSGRANGE HOUSE in Co. Wexford, where Irish Arts & Crafts furniture was made in the 1920s and which has a delightful “Lutyenesque” garden.  There will also be a short visit to the DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP at New Ross which carried thousands of emigrants to North America in the 1840s.  From Cork the Neo-Classical interiors at FOTA HOUSE will be explored, as well as the romantic waterside retreat of BANTRY HOUSE on the south-west coast.  We also plan to visit CURRAGHMORE, home of the Marquess of Waterford, whose ancestors arrived in 1170, and LISMORE CASTLE, the seat of the Devonshire’s in Ireland.

The Study Programme will be directed by Elizabeth Jamieson and will include visits to other privately-owned houses as well those listed.  It will be supported by a series of lectures and seminars delivered by expert speakers. The Course will start and finish in the historic city of Dublin.

Enrollment and fees

The course fee, which includes the U.S. handling fee is $4,850. The fee includes tuition, accommodation, most meals, admissions and travel by private coach. Not included in the fee are 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 $660 single room supplement. Single rooms are only available for those not receiving scholarship assistance unless there is a specific medical reason. There are a limited number of single rooms so priorities will have to be made if it is over-subscribed.

The Attingham Study Programme is intended for museum curators, lecturers, architects, preservationists and others with a keen or professional interest in the fine and decorative arts.

Please note when making your application that this is an intensive and physically strenuous course. There is plenty of walking, standing and climbing stairs and your fitness must be of a level that will not impact the enjoyment of the group or take up disproportionate amounts of the organizers’ attention. While the Attingham Trust tries to cater for vegetarian and gluten-free needs, other specialist diets cannot always be guaranteed. Accommodation is in modest hotels where lectures are also given.

Please see below to submit an application. Please email Mary Ellen Whitford () if you have any queries while completing the form.


In addition to general enrollment, some scholarship assistance is available for qualifying candidates thanks to the generosity of various individuals and charitable organizations.

Any candidate wishing to apply for a scholarship must complete the scholarship application form below. Please follow the instructions on the form to apply for financial assistance.

Application deadline: January 27, 2020

The Attingham Study Programme 2020 Application Form for US-based Applicants

American Friends of Attingham Scholarship Form