Attingham Trust Summer School

 Location: England

Subject: Art & Design and Architecture

Dates: 2005 – 2015

Related ACE Cultural Tours: Historic Houses


The Attingham Trust is an educational charity specialising in courses about English Historic Houses, their collections and surroundings.

Project History

Established in 1952 it ran its first summer school offering American curators the opportunity to explore British Country Houses. The trust now runs three courses annually providing places for international professionals to engage in the heritage of Britain. These professionals could be working in the fields of architecture, the fine and decorative arts and or conservation amongst other things.

Project & ACE

ACE annually sponsors a European scholar for the eighteen day summer school, with previous recipients coming from Hungary, Croatia, Denmark and now Estonia. On the course they will tour the UK, visiting historic houses with a specialist tutor. Often receiving privileged hosting with the owners and or residents of the houses. The course sets the buildings in social and artistic context, exploring their uses past and present, as well as examining the issues of conservation within the context of contemporary society.

There are forty-eight participants annually and the course encourages professional networking as well as providing privileged visits, lectures and discussions. Scholars attend from numerous countries worldwide and reports are always enthusiastic and appreciative.

Our most recent scholar for the placement was Ŝtěpán Vácha who is a research associate at the Institute of Art History in Prague. Our 2013 scholar was Zsuzsa Sido from Budapest. In 2014 we supported 2 students on the London House week.