Fall Benefit Lecture

October 22, 2019
Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
6:15 p.m.


Looking After The Royal Collection

by Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection


Please join the American Friends of Attingham on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 for the Annual Fall Benefit Lecture featuring Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection.

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and running to more than a million objects, it is displayed, and still used, in 13 royal residences and former residences across the United Kingdom. Held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for Her successors and the nation, The Royal Collection Trust cares for the collection and shares it with the wider public. Tim will discuss the work of the Trust, making special reference to the challenges and opportunities that caring for a working collection involves. He will also highlight some of the works of American interest owned by Her Majesty.

The evening will include a festive reception with Tim and friends.

This lecture is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Thomas Appelquist & Charles Newman
Betsy Shack Barbanell
Edward Lee Cave
Sheila ffolliott & Shepard Krech III
Fenella and Morrie Heckscher
S.J. Shrubsole
Steven W. Spandle
Beth Carver Wees & Dustin Wees
Yale Center for British Art
Irene Roosevelt Aitken
Cynthia Bronson Altman
Margaret Civetta
Nancy deWaart
Heather Ewing
Felicia Fund
Barbara File
Michele Beiny Harkins
Margize Howell
Lisa Cook Koch
David Maxfield
George McNeely
Mary M. Meyer
Mindy Papp
David Parsons
Linda Pasley
Stewart Rosenblum
Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation
Joseph Peter Spang
E. Clothier Tepper



This event is sold out.

About Tim Knox

Tim Knox was appointed Director of the Royal Collection by HM The Queen in 2018. Prior to that he was Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum between 2013 and 2018, where he made a number of important acquisitions and planned the Museum’s masterplan, New Ways In. He was Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London between 2005 and 2013. Here he restored Soane’s glittering architectural treasury to its appearance in 1837, just as its founder wished, and converted the neighbouring houses to provide facilities for the museum.

Brought up in Nigeria and Fiji, he studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection 1989-95, and moved to the National Trust, first as its Architectural Historian, becoming its Head Curator in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Society of Dilettanti. He is Co-Patron of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, which he helped found and Chaired 2000-2004. He currently sits on the Advisory Committee of the NHMF and is a Director of Yale University Press.

He regularly lectures and writes on aspects of architecture, sculpture and the history of collecting. Publications include Sir John Soane’s Museum London (2010), and The British Ambassador’s Residence Paris (2011).