New Book | Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain

Posted in books by Editor on January 23, 2018

From Four Courts Press:

Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan, and Christopher Ridgway, eds., Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018), 320 pages, ISBN: 978 184682 6474, 30€.

In recent years the role of women in country houses and estates across Ireland and the UK has been the focus of greater attention. Chatelaines, mothers, wives, daughters, widows, sisters, housekeepers and maids were ever-present figures in the microcosm of the country house. New research has begun to reveal the extent of their involvement in managing households and estates, influencing design, adopting public roles, championing good causes, as well as raising families, and committing their thoughts to paper in literary expression. This volume of essays, many of which draw on hitherto unseen family archives, will bring new perspectives to our understanding of the country house as a place where many women often held powerful roles.

Terence Dooley is director of the Centre for Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University. Maeve O’Riordan is coordinator of Women’s Studies at University College Cork. Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard in Yorkshire.


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• Kerry Bristol, Sisters and Sisters-in-law at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
• Philip Bull, Five Women of Monksgrange, Co. Wexford
• Anne Casement, The Social, Industrial and Land-owning Worlds of Frances Anne Vane-Tempest
• Jonathan Cherry and Arlene Crampsie, The Women of Ulster’s Country Houses and the Organization of Ulster Day
• Caroline Dakers, Madeline Wyndham of Clouds and Mabel Morrison of Fonthill: Two Victorian Ladies of Wiltshire
• William Fraher, An English Governess in Ireland during World War One
• Judith Hill, Catherine Maria Bury of Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly, 1800–12
• Edmund Joyce, Lady Harriet Kavanagh, 1800–1885: An Influential Chatelaine
• Ruth Larsen, Elite Women, Sorority and the Life Cycle, 1770–1860
• Anna Pilz, Lady Gregory, Forestry and the Domesticated Landscape
• Lowri Ann Rees, Patriarchal Perceptions of Welsh Rural Protest from the Letters of Miss Jane Walters, 1843–44
• Ciarán Reilly, The Country House and the Great Famine: Mildred Darby’s novel, The Hunger
• Regina Sexton, Elite Women and Their Recipe Books: The Case of Dorothy Parsons and her Booke of Choyce Receipts
• Brendan Twomey, Louisa Conolly’s Letters to Her Sister Sarah Bunbury
• Fiona White, Louisa Moore of Moorehall: A Life in Letters

Call for Papers | Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 23, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform, 1760–1840
Lambeth Palace Library, London, 6–7 September 2018

Proposals due by 11 March 2018

2018 marks the bicentenary of the passing of the Church Building Act, the first nation-wide non-military exercise of architectural patronage by central government in England and Wales. To commemorate and contextualise this event and place it in global comparative perspective, there will be an international conference to be held at Lambeth Palace Library on 6–7 September 2018.

Keynote speakers represent the international scope of the conference:
• Shirine Hamadeh (Koç University, Turkey), author of The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century (Seattle and London: The University of Washington Press, 2007)
• Freek Schmidt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), author of Passion and Control: Dutch Architectural Culture of the Eighteenth Century (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016)
• Henriette Steiner (University of Copenhagen), author of The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800–1850 (London and New York: Routledge, 2014)
• Richard Wittman (University of California at Santa Barbara), author of Architecture, Print Culture, and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France (London and New York: Routledge, 2007)

20-minute papers are invited on all aspects of architectural patronage in the period 1760–1840, in Great Britain and beyond. Priority may be given to papers addressing issues of State patronage at national or local level and/or papers that look beyond case studies of individual buildings/patrons. We are also very keen for speakers to represent a range of disciplines, including history, literature, music, performance studies etc.

Questions to be addressed include, but are not limited to
• Role of new and/or non-traditional groups as patrons (professional bodies, artisan organisations, gentlemanly societies, women etc)
• Patronage of new building types
• New models of patronage (subscriptions, tontines, new forms of taxation etc)
• The role of patronage in the emergence of general contracting
• The patron/architect relationship
• Communication and decision-making among corporate patrons
• Architectural patronage as discourse and the significance of architectural patronage to those involved
• Patronage networks
• Architectural patronage in colonial contexts and/or beyond the Anglophone world

Abstracts of 300 words plus CV should be sent to Alexandrina.Buchanan@liverpool.ac.uk by 11 March 2018. The conference is supported by an AHRC Networking Grant, Architecture and Society in an Age of Reform, 1760–1840. The University of Liverpool would also like to acknowledge the support of Lambeth Palace Library and the Georgian Group.

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