Friday, 29 November (Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS)

9:00- 10:45      Moderator: Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University)

9:00-9:15        Introduction, Joan Coutu (University of Waterloo)

9:15-9:45        Peter N. Lindfield and Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University), “Powerhouse or home: different readings of the British country house in recent symposia” 

9:45-10:15       Oliver Cox (University of Oxford), “Writing Political Histories”  

10:15-10:45     Fiona Candlin (Birkbeck, University of London), “When is a historic house a museum? (and why might it matter)”

10:45-11:00     Break

Wentworth Woodhouse in Focus

11:00-11:30     Dylan Spivey (PhD candidate, University of Virginia), “The House with Two Faces: From Baroque to Palladian at Wentworth Woodhouse”  

11:30-12:00     Joan Coutu (University of Waterloo), “Burke’s Exemplum: The ‘Natural Family Mansion’ and Wentworth Woodhouse”

12:00-12:30     John Bonehill (University of Glasgow), “Painting for Portland: George Barret and Welbeck”

Tour of Wentworth Woodhouse

12:45-14:15     Coach to Wentworth Woodhouse (box lunch provided)

14:15-16:30     Wentworth Woodhouse Tour

16:30-17:30     Reception, Wentworth Woodhouse

17:30              Depart Wentworth Woodhouse for Manchester, arrive approximately 19:00

Saturday, 30 November (Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, Manchester M15 6BH)

The House, the Style, the Contents, the Message. Moderators: Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) & Anne Bordeleau (University of Waterloo)

8:30-9:00        Amy Lim (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford & Tate Britain), “Executive or exile? The art and architecture of country houses after the Glorious Revolution”

9:00-9:30        Juliet Learmouth (PhD candidate, Birkbeck, University of London), “Holding court at Marlborough House: The London residence of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough”

9:30-10:00       Jon Stobart, “Competing cultures of consumption: politics and taste at Shugborough”

10:00-10:30     Break

10:30-11:00     Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Canada), “Gothic Architecture and the Liberty trope” 

11:00-11:30     Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University), “Tory Gothic / Whig Classicism: Chiasmus, Architecture, and the Politics of Style in the Long Eighteenth Century”

11:30-12:00     Peter N. Lindfield (Manchester Metropolitan University), “A Gothic Houghton: Pelham’s forgotten country house”

12:00-12:45     Dialogue

12:45-13:30     LUNCH

The Empire at Home. Moderators: Dana Arnold (University of East Anglia) & Anne Bordeleau (University of Waterloo)

13:30-14:00     Elisabeth Grass (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford and the National Trust), “St Kitts in Norfolk: The country house network of Crisp Molineux”

14:00-14:30     Jocelyn Anderson (University of Toronto, Mississauga), “The ‘Fine House’ of a Caribbean Planter: Public Responses to the Alderman Beckford’s Fonthill”

14:30-15:00     Kieran Hazzard (University of Oxford), “The Clives and India: Collecting, Display and Colonialism”

15:00-15:30     Rowena Willard-Wright (freelance curator), “William Pitt the Younger and how to make a Political Home”

15:30-16:30     Break & Dialogue 

16:30-18:00 Post-Graduate Students Roundtable—Sources & Reflection, Building the Toolkit. Moderator: Oliver Cox

18:00-18:30     Concluding Remarks: Reflecting on the Political House, chaired by Jon Stobart, with Joan Coutu, Oliver Cox, and Peter Lindfield