Every Thursday for eight weeks from 13th October to 1st December 2016.

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Open to all and free to attend, but enrolment is required

The course is now full. There is a waiting list, which can be accessed here

Lecture Theatre, 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 collections 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; Michael Hall, specialist in 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 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 now available below. The course is now full, you can register onto the waiting list through Eventbrite. The reading list will be circulated to participants in September.

See also

  • Staff

    Martin Postle

  • Staff

    Jessica Feather