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)

Updated Delegate Contact List

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A big thank you to all delegates and speakers who attended the Period Rooms conference at the Bowes Museum! Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am updating the delegate contact list which was included in your conference packs and will be distributing this via email asap. I will also be posting summaries of the key ideas that arose through the four ‘sandpit’ sessions held on Friday 19th September.

Auckland Castle Evening Wine Reception

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Hello delegates,

Just a note to let you know that we have moved the timing of the wine reception at Auckland Castle on Friday 19th September to 5pm (from 6pm). This is to ensure that all delegates are returned to Barnard Castle at a reasonable time to find somewhere for dinner/supper. The coach returning all delegates from Auckland Castle to Barnard Castle will be leaving Auckland Castle at about 6.30pm.

Period Rooms Conference Dinner

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You can now view the delicious menu for the conference dinner on Thursday 18th September evening courtesy of the Café Bowes team.

The Period Room Conference Menu Thursday 18th September 2014