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Detailed view of Grinling Gibbons' carving in the Carved Room at Petworth House, West Sussex
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by Brook S. Mason

Museum curators, conservators, architects and scholars have long swooned over Great Britainís storied Attingham Summer School, operated since 1952 by the Attingham Trust in Teddington, England. "Transforming" and "life-enhancing" are some of the terms bandied about for this highly targeted immersion in the world of the English country house, offering behind-the-scenes tours at 29 stately mansions during a three-week stint, chock-a-block with lectures on Sevres, silver and stained glass.