The Country House: Art, Politics and Taste

Public Lecture Course – John Goodall, Jonny Yarker, Oliver Cox, Michael Hall, Jessica Feather, Kate Retford, Martin Postle

  • 13 October to 1 December 2016
  • The course is now full. The waiting list is open and you can register by clicking the 'Book Tickets' button on this page.
  • Paul Mellon Centre

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Public Lecture Course, The Country House: Art, Politics, and Taste. The course has been developed in conjunction with the research project 'Country House: Collections and Display', and both will explore various facets of the collection and display of art in the country house in Britain and Ireland from the sixteenth century to the present day.

The Country House course will be taught by Martin Postle, Deputy Director of Grants and Publications; Jessica Feather, Allen Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre; John Goodall, Architectural Editor at Country Life magazine; Kate Retford, Head of the History of Art Department at Birkbeck College, University of London; Jonny Yarker, specialist on the Grand Tour; Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford and Michael Hall, specialist on the Gothic Revival.

This year's course will run for eight lectures and will continue to be held weekly on Thursday evenings starting with an informal reception at 18.30. Lectures will then begin at 19.00 followed by a discussion session until 20.30.

The course requires some preparation on the part of the participant. Each lecture will have at most two readings, which will be provided electronically ahead of the start of the course, that participants are strongly encouraged to read in order to have some background knowledge on the topics being discussed in class each week.

As an educational charity the Paul Mellon Centre strives to promote and support academic research into the history of British Art. The Public Lecture Course, which will be free to attend, offers an exciting opportunity to broaden our audiences and to communicate the newest and most original research on British art in an engaging and accessible way.

The Country House course will take place on Thursday evenings between 13th October and 1st December 2016 in the Lecture Room at the Paul Mellon Centre.

The course syllabus is available below. The course is now full, but you can resgister onto the waiting list through Eventbrite and the button at the top of this page. The reading list will be circulated to participants in September. 

About the speakers

  • John Goodall headshot

    John Goodall is Architectural Editor of the weekly magazine Country Life and the author of several books, most recently Parish Church Treasures (2015). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, sits on the Fabric Advisory Committees of Salisbury Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.

  • Dr Jonny Yarker is a specialist on the Grand Tour.

  • Dr Oliver Cox is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford.

  • Michael Hall is a specialist on the Gothic Revival.

  • Jessica Feather

    Allen Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre

  • Senior Lecturer in Art History at Birkbeck, University of London

  • Martin Postle

    Deputy Director for Grants & Publications at the Paul Mellon Centre