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Period Room Project Presentation ‘Impact in 5’

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You may be interested to know that Howard Coutts (curator at The Bowes Museum) and I (Mark Westgarth, University of Leeds) did a little talk on the Period Room project/conference as part of the University of Leeds ‘Impact in 5’ presentations.

These are (quite challenging) short 5 minute presentations with 20 powerpoint slides – it’s based on the popular Pechakucha presentation method (20 slides, for 20 seconds each…so 6 minutes 40 secs….)…somehow I don’t feel cheated that we only got 5 minutes!

Anyway, here’s the result!

Period Room Project Impact in 5

I was going to say ‘enjoy’…but maybe that’s a bit ambitious!


Destruction of the Country House – study day at V&A Museum

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Jonathan Gration very kindly send us a link to a study day at the V&A Museum, London that may be of interest to PR aficionados. It’s a follow-on of the seminal exhibition at the V&A in 1974 – ‘The Destruction of the Country House’.

Here’s a link for the workshop:

Kindest regards



Period Rooms Conference review

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We had a very positive conference review report published on the Decorative Art and Design Group website Blog – See REVIEW


National Trust Seminar at Montacute House

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Dear Delegates,

One of our PR conference delegates Barbara Wood (National Trust) has brought to my attention the following seminar hosted by The National Trust which may be of interest to some of you…

This one day seminar entitled Elizabethan Interiors: Preparing, planning and presentation, will be held in the Great Hall at Montacute House, in Somerset on Tuesday 25 November 2014.

Montacute House is about to begin a programme of work which will involve the repair and consolidation of the buildings fabric, re presentation of interiors and new interpretation. The seminar day will include presentations and discussions related to research, care and presentation of historic interiors 16th-17th centuries, and will provide a forum to share and discuss. The key note presentation will be given by Lisa White FSA, Chairman of the Arts Advisory Panel for the National Trust and the host for the day will be David Adshead, Head Curator and Architectural Historian, National Trust

Please follow the link for list of speakers and papers (including Barbara Wood and another PR conference delegate Dr. Crosby Stevens) and for booking information: Elizabethan Interiors Seminar Day Montacute House Booking Information 2511 (2)

Period Rooms Conference Sandpit 4

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The final instalment from the Period Rooms conference Sandpits with a summary from Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Period Rooms at the Bowes Museum led by Jane Whittaker and Howard Coutts (The Bowes Museum)

Period Rooms Conference Sandpit 4

Period Rooms Conference Sandpit 3

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Another round-up from the Period Rooms conference sandpits – here are some of the themes that arose from the third sandpit The Dining Rooms at Hamilton Palace – a case study, led by Godfrey Evans (National Museums Scotland).

Period Rooms Conference Sandpit 3

Period Room Conference photographs

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Hello All,

as promised, here are some of the photos of Period Room conference delegates engrossed in the papers and discussion at the Bowes Museum.









We also had the privilege of seeing the operation of the famous Silver Swan at Bowes Museum – a rare occurrence at 7pm…in the dark of the picture gallery…it was an amazing sight (and sound)….Thank you to Jane and her team at Bowes for allowing this special display!


And, as part of the conference, we had an expert private tour of the new English Interiors Galleries at Bowes Museum, led by curators Jane Whittaker and Howard Coutts.










And here we ALL are (except me…I’m taking the photo!)…a ‘team’ shot of (just about) all of the conference delegates and speakers….Thanks all for making the conference such a success!