The Attingham Summer School 2021
July 1-18, 2021
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 course has been canceled.
Since its foundation in 1952, THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL has enjoyed outstanding success and is highly regarded by museums, universities and historic preservation societies throughout the world for its careful selection of members, and sustained academic standards.
The School has three main purposes:
- To EXAMINE the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain and its gardens and landscape setting.
- To STUDY the contents of these buildings – their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors.
- To STIMULATE debate on problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents.
The 69th Attingham Summer School
The 69th Attingham Summer School, an 18-day residential course directed by David Adshead and Tessa Wild, will visit country houses in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk. From West Dean, our first base, we will study, among other houses and gardens: the complex overlays of Arundel Castle, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Norfolk; Petworth House, where the patronage of great British artists such as Turner and Flaxman enrich its Baroque interiors; Uppark, a Grand Tour house; Standen, an Arts and Crafts reinterpretation of the country house.
In the Midlands a series of related houses will be examined: Hardwick Hall, unique among Elizabethan houses for its survival of late 16th century decoration and contents; Bolsover Castle, a Jacobean masque setting frozen in stone; and Chatsworth, where the collections and gardens of the Dukes of Devonshire span more than four centuries. Other highlights include the superb collections and landscaped gardens at Boughton House – ‘the English Versailles’; Calke Abbey, with its left ‘as found’ interiors and the crisp neo-Classical Kedleston Hall.
Based in Norwich, the final part of the course will explore the estates and collections of Norfolk, a coastal county of rich contrasts and exceptional houses. Our itinerary will include Blickling, the fine Jacobean house of Sir Henry Hobart and later of the Earls of Buckingham, renowned for its Long Gallery and superb book collection; Felbrigg Hall, a 17th century house with important Grand Tour collections and mid-18th century interiors by James Paine; Houghton Hall, the great Palladian country seat of Sir Robert Walpole the first ‘Prime Minister’, with its unrivaled work by William Kent and Sheringham Park, a favorite work of Humphry Repton, for which he produced one of his famous Red Books.
Throughout the course, lectures, seminars and discussions will be held on all aspects of the country house including, conservation and restoration, display and interpretation. Several private houses and collections will also be visited.
Enrollment and Fees
Enrollment and fee information will be confirmed and updated in due course.
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.