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 17 May: Beauty and Bounty in the Walled Garden, 10 years of restoration

May 2018 marks 10 years since the Walled Garden was put back into production. Kate Nicoll, Garden Training Specialist for the National Trust and former Senior Gardener for the Attingham Walled Garden will explain what it took to make this happen. From ploughing the first furrow to training fruit trees, hear about the highs and lows of the developments, and how this Georgian Walled Kitchen Garden provides for a 21st century audience. Book your place here.

Summer in the Walled Garden at Attingham Park
A gardner pushing a wheelbarrow in the Walled Garden at Attingham Park
Summer in the Walled Garden at Attingham Park

Thursday 21 June: Women of the Adult Education College (1948-1976)

What roles and opportunities were open to women who attended the Shropshire Adult Education College at Attingham Hall? What was life like for the women who lived on site, and what legacy did it have on their lives?

Dr Sharon Clancy spent three years researching and writing about the Shropshire Adult Education College for her doctoral thesis at the University of Nottingham, and will explore the impact of this life-changing College and its key place in Attingham's history. Book your place here.

College tutors in front of the Mansion at Attingham c.1950
College tutors in front of the Mansion at Attingham c.1950
College tutors in front of the Mansion at Attingham c.1950

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

Talks further into the year include:

Thursday 16 August: Life below stairs at Attingham

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.