Thirty-One Houses In Twenty Days on the Attingham Summer School Tour

 

Every summer, the Attingham Trust for the Study of Country Houses and Collections in England runs a nearly three-week course for museum professionals and scholars. In 2007, Stenton’s curator, Laura Keim, had the privilege of attending, having received a generous scholarship from The Royal Oak Foundation as the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire Scholar and the support of the NSCDA/PA for travel expenses. Reporting on the experience, Laura writes:

 

 

“Our instructors warned us about the physical rigors of this course, and rigorous was the schedule – packed with wonderful buildings and collections to encounter everyday, in addition the morning and evening lectures, and constant conversation while traveling on the coach in the company of fellow museum professionals from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. We visited mostly big houses, but also small houses, museum houses, private houses, ruins, outdoor museums, a work house, castles, art museums, a town house, and of course – country houses, collections and landscapes – a study of buildings and their contents in context.