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Innovation and Creativity: furnishing the country house: 1780-1950. Online every Tuesday throughout June 2024

Published by on 20 May 2024

Join us online every Tuesday, the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June, 5pm – 7.30pm (BST) 12noon – 2.30pm (EDT).

Curators and historians will consider the evolution and variety of country house interiors in Britain and Ireland, 1780 to 1950, with an emphasis on furniture makers and designers. Each of the four sessions will focus on a different stylistic phase and will be introduced by either Dr Megan Aldrich (sessions 1-3) and Elisabeth Bogdan (session 4). Each week the introduction will be followed by two experts who will present case studies on specific country houses. A short Q&A will follow each presentation.

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Session 1 – 4th June
Title: Reconsidering the Antique: later neoclassical interiors
Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Dr Kyle Leyden & James Collett-White
Session 2 – 11th June
Title: Opulence and Excellence in Regency Interiors
Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Dr Alexandra Loske & Adriana Turpin
Session 3 – 18th June
Title: The Arts and Crafts Country Houses: Alternative Interpretations of the Past
Speakers: Dr Megan Aldrich, Jessica Insley & Annette Carruthers
Session 4 – 25th June
Title: The Country House in the Twentieth Century
Speakers: Elisabeth Bogdan, Katherine Sharp & Professor Pat Kirkham.

Tickets may be bought for individual sessions or for the entire course, but you will benefit from a discount if all 4 sessions are bought together. Don’t worry if you cannot attend the sessions live because they will be recorded and links to the recording will be sent to ticketholders. These recordings will not be available to purchase after the course has ended.

For further information and to purchase tickets please click here to access the Eventbrite page. FHS members and ECD members will receive a discount on all tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Davies at

IMAGES ON THE BANNER ABOVE (from left to right): Detail of design for the Royal Pavilion Brighton by John Gregory Crace © V&A Museum, London; Detail of walnut Arts and Crafts side chair (c.1900), designed by Robert Weir Schultz for Mount Stuart © The Bute Collection at Mount Stuart. Photo: Keith Hunter; Entrance hall at Mount Stuart. Photo: Ann Davies; staircase designed by Edwin Lutyens at Castle Drogo; Devon (1911-1930). © Adrian Colston; The entrance hall at Melsetter House, Hoy, Orkney. © RIBA Collections. Photo: Martin Charles.