The Frances Garnham Award

Each year, the Historic Houses Learning Advisory Panel presents the Frances Garnham Award to a house or garden that's demonstrated a particularly innovative approach to education or community engagement work.

The Award, now in its third year, commemorates the achievements of Frances Garnham, who worked as Director of Policy and Campaigns at Historic Houses until early 2015. Frances was passionate about helping our places to develop exciting and innovative educational projects.

In 2017, the award was presented to Clytha Park in Monmouthshire, whose owners had shown real determination to build strong links with people of all ages in their community from a standing start, and with little by way of supporting infrastructure. Previous winners are Fairfax House in York, and Holdenby House in Northamptonshire. 

Historic Houses Attingham Trust Scholarship

Historic Houses is delighted to be able to offer the Historic House Attingham Trust Scholarship. This fully funded scholarship enables someone from one of our house members to attend the annual Attingham Summer School - recognised as one of the most highly regarded courses in country house studies in the world.

The Attingham Summer School aims to explore the study of historic houses, their collections and their settings, and to stimulate the development of new thinking about conservation and presentation. The Summer School is aimed primarily at professionals such as curators, conservators, librarians and archivists.

The Historic Houses Scholarship opens for applications in November, closing in January (the 2018 application round has now closed; the scholarship will reopen for applications in November 2019). Applicants to the Historic Houses Scholarship must be working or living at an Historic Houses house, and must already have a grounding in some aspect of country house scholarship.