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What's on. 2022 Curator's Choice Series

Dumfries House is thrilled to be hosting a new series of Curator's Choice Events in 2022 and will be welcoming 5 guest speakers throughout our open season.

In August we are very much looking forward to welcoming Michael Davis, an Architectural Historian and a well-loved guide at Dumfries House.

Michael researches, writes and lectures on architectural history and conservational themes, and argues that "the point of architectural conservation is not architectural conservation". He has worked both as a volunteer and a professional within the conservation sector and is a past chairman of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and of Argyll & Bute Building Preservation Trust. His books include The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire (1991), Scots Baronial (1997) and The Scottish Castle Restoration Debate (2014). He has also contributed to a number of academic journals and magazines, and has made appearances on television. His current concerns include misunderstandings surrounding "authenticity" in restorations, the decline of the conservation lobby in Scotland, and the decay of Scottish town centres.

Michael also has a long history of involvement with Dumfries House, having watched from afar the restoration of the house and estate. He joined the Foundation as a guide three years ago and brings a warm, joyous energy to his tours.

Join us in August for a light-hearted look at the potential hazards of visiting country houses. While literature and diaries yield some gems from the past, Michael also tells his own tales of decaying houses and owners who have responded to the challenge of changing times in a large historic home.

The problem today often starts at the front door to a vast and clearly under occupied pile. How do you tell the owners you have arrived, when the doorbell makes no noise, elicits no response, and is probably ringing merrily in some long disused service basement or butler's pantry?

Join us to find the answer and what adventure lies inside!

The talk will include tea and shortbread, as well as an opportunity to chat with Michael.

Date: Thursday 18th August

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Price: £20

To book your place, please click here.

Or call: 01290 425959.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you there, and announcing the rest of the series.