Study Day | Women Collectors at the Turn of the 20th Century

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 25, 2023

From the conference programme:

Her Discerning Eye: Women Collectors at the Turn of the 20th Century
The National Trust and Waddesdon Manor Annual Conference
Waddesdon Manor, 28 March 2023

We are delighted to announce the programme for Her Discerning Eye: Women Collectors at the Turn of the 20th Century. The conference will be held at Waddesdon Manor on Tuesday, 28th March. Our invited speakers will be talking on Joséphine Bowes, Yolande Lyne Stephens, Charlotte Schreiber, Hannah Gubbay, Queen Alexandra, and Queen Mary. The study day was inspired by our work on Margaret Greville and Alice de Rothschild. To book a place please email enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk. The conference is free; a charge for lunch will be payable on the day (please let us know of any dietary requirements). If you have any questions please do email us: Mia.Jackson@waddesdon.org.uk and Alice.Strickland@nationaltrust.org.uk.

–Mia Jackson and Alice Strickland


10.30  Registration and Coffee

11.00  Session One
• Tom Stammers (Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History, University of Durham) — Recovering Female Collectors: Paradigms and Challenges
• Lindsay Macnaughton (Lecturer, University of Buckingham) — Some Fragments from the Boweses’ Collection and the Difficulties of Singling out Joséphine’s Taste
• Laure-Aline Griffith-Jones (Independent Art Historian) — Yolande Lyne Stephens: A French Collection in Victorian England

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Session Two
• Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (Lecturer in French and British History of Art c.1650–1900, University of Edinburgh) — Charlotte Schreiber: Becoming a Ceramics Collector
• Mia Jackson (Curator of Decorative Arts, Waddesdon Manor) and Pippa Shirley (Director of Waddesdon Manor) — Alice de Rothschild’s Dishes and Daggers
• Patricia F. Ferguson (Independent Scholar) — Shaping Ceramic Connoisseurship: Mrs. David Gubbay, ‘Collector of Genius’

15.00  Session Three
Tour of the exhibition Alice’s Wonderlands: Alice as a Collector

16.00  Final Session
• Alice Strickland (Curator, National Trust) — ‘Full of Rare China and Expensive Treasures’: The Collection of Margaret Greville at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
• Caroline de Guitaut (Deputy Surveyor of The King’s Works of Art) — Embracing the Modern and Fashionable: Queen Alexandra as Collector
• Kathryn Jones (Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust) — ‘Quite a Creditable Collection’: Queen Mary as Collector and Curator

17.30  Closing Comments — Mia Jackson and Alice Strickland

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