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The Baroque Calke Abbey mansion in Derbyshire
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DECORATIVE ARTS DIARY
by Brook S. Mason


Museum curators, conservators, architects and scholars have long swooned over Great Britain’s 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.

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