Posts by Jonathan Gration

Chatsworth: stately and sublime

For all professionals involved in historic house museums Chatsworth is, or should be, an important point of reference. As one...

Hardwick Hall: The house that Bess built

This visit has been on my wish list for a very long time, and I couldn’t have picked a better...

Château Borély: where old and new luxury meet

Having lived in Marseille a long time ago it was great to have the opportunity to explore the city and...

Sutton House: A Tudor gem in trendy Hackney

Hackney was once a genteel retreat with many houses for the nobility, and even one of the many Royal Palaces of Henry...

Daniel Marot: Ambassador of courtly taste

On this day in 1752 Daniel Marot passed away in The Hague after a long and fruitful career that took him...

Kenwood House: The Villa on the Heath

As part of the conference ‘Animating the English Country House’ a visit was planned to explore Kenwood under the expert...

Linschoten: The Farmhouse that wanted to be a Castle

Linschoten is something rather special, and a house I hadn’t visited prior to the Palatium Summer School excursion. The approach could...

Het Loo: The Hunting Lodge that became a Versailles of the North

Versailles of the North is an uncomfortable slogan that has been associated with this palace at some point as it invariable leads...

Middachten Castle: Restrained Exterior, Exuberant Interior

Although the owners Heemstede and Renswoude, which were explored in the previous posts, might aspire to courtly life the owners of this...

Renswoude Castle: protection through privilege

The approach to Renswoude Castle is always very theatrical, the towers, turrets, and chimney caps all add to a a...

Heemstede Castle: Awaiting a brighter future

On a freezing January morning in 1987 a fire broke out in a small castle called Heemstede, close to Utrecht....

Huis ten Bosch: A modest Palace with a Grand Interior

Compared to other official residences for heads of state Huis Ten Bosch is a relatively modest affair. The eighteenth century engraving...

The Hague: City of Royal Residences

The numbers on the map above indicate the four royal residences in The Hague that we explored as part of...

Markiezenhof: Powerhouse of a Bygone Era

This next post in the series of buildings we explored with the Palatium Summer School truly is an oddity in...

Breda: once a proud Castle

Breda played a key role in the development of the bond between the Nassau-Orange family and the Netherlands. It is...

Palatium Summer School, Utrecht 2014

I was very pleased to have been selected to take part in last years Palatium Summer School which was held...

For the love of Gold: The Wallace Collection

Gold in various guises is the common denominator in the Wallace Collection. Gilt frames, Ormolu mounts, gilding on the fine...

Traditional Paint Forum: Relaunch 3-2-2015

It has now been 20 years since the Traditional Paint Forum was set up, but it has become a bit quiet...

Christchurch Mansion: not quite the sum of its parts

On a cold wintry afternoon the collection of Dutch gables that make up the roof line of Christchurch Mansion radiate a...

The Destruction of the Country House, V&A Study Day

It has been exactly 40 years since the V&A hosted a landmark exhibition entitled The Destruction of the Country House...

Country House Study Day: Lamport Hall

Lamport Hall hosts a regular series of study days organised by the Centre for the Study of the Country House at the...

Conference: The Period Room: Museum, Material, Experience The Bowes Museum, 18-20 September 2014

Last September The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle hosted a conference that was organised jointly with the University of Leeds...

DEMHIST-ARRE Conference: Authenticity in the Conservation of Historic Houses and Palace-Museums

From 7-11 October 2014 ICOM-DEMHIST, the international committee of ICOM focussing on the conservation and management of house museums, and...

A merchants house with Royal pretentions; Kew Palace

With 44 listed buildings the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Botanic Gardens at Kew  have no shortage in interesting sites to visit,...

The place Batman calls home; Wollaton Hall

The site of Wollaton Hall as it rises above the surrounding trees and landscape and pierces the sky is dramatic....

Antiquity in the English Countryside: Kedleston Hall

‘Let Curzon holde what Curzon helde’ is the family motto, and fittingly Curzons  have held the Kedleston estate since the 12th century....

The house with two faces: Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse is unique in many ways. It claims to be the largest private house in the UK, and its...

Fading Glory Frozen in Time: Calke Abbey

Many people associate visiting Country Houses with the organisation that has made it one of the nations favourite past-times, The...

The Bishop has left the Building: Auckland Castle

Perched on top of a hill with views dominating the surrounding landscape sits Auckland Castle, which until 2010 was the...

SAHGB Graduate Student Research Forum, St. John's College, Cambridge

Friday, 2 May, 2014 The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain hosted their second Graduate Student Research Forum in...

"Please sit in the chairs": Kettle’s Yard Museum

When walking into Castle street, just beyond Magdalene College, Cambridge takes on the appearance of a quaint little village high...

St. George’s Chapel, Windsor

Such is the wealth of cultural offerings on view at Windsor that this is already my third post for this...

The Grand Life, on a small scale; Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

A separate post on just one exhibit on view at Windsor Castle might seem a bit excessive, but this is...

Windsor Castle: Regency splendour coated in a thick layer of Gothic Romanticism

  On a gloriously sunny day my colleague Asem al Bunni and me took the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle....

Exhibition: Veronese in Renaissance Venice

Texture is king! Both the opulent textiles represented in the paintings as well as the 3D landscape of the paint...

Exhibition: William Kent, Designing Georgian Britain

The Victoria and Albert Museum is currently hosting an excellent exhibition on the live and work of one of England’s...

Conference: ICON Cambridge Conference on Conservation of Historic Interiors

Already the sixth annual conference organised in Cambridge by the Historic Interiors section of ICON with Corpus Christi as host....

And now for something completely different: Chinese Wallpaper Study Day

Kirby Hall has me looking into Elizabethan and Jacobean styles and trends in the development of interiors, so this is...

Conference: The 4th New Insights into 16th- and 17th- Century British Architecture

Due to a last minute cancellation a place became available for me to attend this conference that was already fully...

The Deer, the Dead and the Digital: A day at Bradgate Park

A productive day was spent at Bradgate Park using our Laser Scanner to document the ruins of the Tudor house...