The College Series: Evening talks at Attingham

A lecture in the Dining Room for Women's Social Services Clubs c.1950

Don’t miss the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the students of the Shropshire Adult Education College, based at Attingham from 1948 to 1976, with a programme of intriguing and interesting evening talks held in the Mansion this year.

Students attending the post-war Shropshire Adult Education College used the Dining Room in the Mansion as their lecture room. This year as part of our ‘Women of the College’ focus and to recreate the spirit of this exciting, inclusive and interesting aspect of Attingham’s history we’ll be holding ‘The College Series’ - evening talks held inside the atmospheric Mansion.

A series of specialists will be visiting Attingham to bring to life their passions on intriguing and interesting subjects throughout the year. Tickets cost £8 per person and should be booked in advance via the What's On page here or by calling 03442 491895.

 

Coming up in the series

Thursday 19 July: Anglo-Saxon Discoveries at Attingham

In 2017 the remains of two Anglo-Saxon Halls on the Attingham estate were excavated to discover more about the buildings. Janine Young, National Trust Archaeologist for the West Midlands, will outline the work that took place. Janine worked with Dr Roger White from the University of Birmingham and metal detectorists from the Newport History Society to reveal the exciting finds. This talk will announce the results of the project and the artefacts discovered during the dig will be on display. Book your place here.

Dr Roger White from the University of Birmingham and National Trust archaeologist Janine Young in one of the dig trenches
The archaeological dig underway at Attingham Park (2017)
Dr Roger White from the University of Birmingham and National Trust archaeologist Janine Young in one of the dig trenches

Thursday 16 August: Life below stairs at Attingham

Discover what life at Attingham was like for the servants in the late-Georgian period during the heyday of the family. Caroline Pugh, House Steward for Attingham, will bring the stories of the domestic staff to life using information from the archives, explaining the layout of Attingham Hall and how the staff moved around to serve the family. Hear about the food they cooked, the silver they polished and the transition to the 20th Century and the changes for life as a servant. Book your place here.

The gleaming copper in the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park
The interior of the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park
The gleaming copper in the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park

Talks further into the year include:

Thursday 20 September: Park Life: The Attingham deer

Thursday 18 October: Restoring the lost Pleasure Grounds

Thursday 15 November: Introduction to stargazing

 

Talks information

Tickets are limited due to the capacity of the regency Dining Room and must be prebooked in advance. Tickets for all talks cost £8 per person and begin with a welcome drink at 6.30pm in the Mansion, before the talk begins at 7pm (lasts for approximately 1 hour). More information and details on all the talks can be found on the What's On page here.