Conference - Her Discerning Eye: Women Collectors at the Turn of the 20th Century
The National Trust and Waddesdon Manor (The Rothschild Collection) Annual Conference
Her Discerning Eye: Women Collectors at the Turn of the 20th Century

10:30-10:50 Registration and Coffee
11:00-12:30 Session One
Dr Tom Stammers (Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History, University of Durham), Recovering Female Collectors: Paradigms and Challenges
Dr Lindsay Macnaughton (Lecturer, University of Buckingham), Some Fragments from the Boweses’ Collection and the Difficulties of Singling out Joséphine’s Taste
Laure-Aline Griffith-Jones (Independent Art Historian), Yolande Lyne Stephens: A French Collection in Victorian England
12:30-13:25 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session Two
Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (Lecturer in French and British History of Art c.1650-1900, University of Edinburgh), Charlotte Schreiber: Becoming a Ceramics Collector
Dr Mia Jackson (Curator of Decorative Arts, Waddesdon Manor) and Pippa Shirley (Director of Waddesdon Manor), Alice de Rothschild’s Dishes and Daggers
Patricia F Ferguson (Independent Scholar), Shaping Ceramic Connoisseurship: Mrs David Gubbay, “Collector of Genius”
15:00-16:00 Session Three
Tour of the exhibition Alice’s Wonderlands: Alice as a Collector
16:00-17:30 Final Session
Dr Alice Strickland (Curator, National Trust), “Full of Rare China and Expensive Treasures”: the Collection of Margaret Greville at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Caroline de Guitaut (Deputy Surveyor of The King’s Works of Art), Embracing the Modern and Fashionable: Queen Alexandra as Collector
Kathryn Jones (Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust), “Quite a Creditable Collection”: Queen Mary as Collector and Curator
17:30 Closing comments: Mia Jackson and Alice Strickland

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The conference is free, but a charge for lunch will be payable on the day
Date: 28 March 2023, 10:30 (Tuesday, 11th week, Hilary 2023)
Venue: The Powerhouse, Waddesdon Manor
Speaker: Various Speakers
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Cost: Conference: free / Lunch: payable on the day
Audience: Public
Editor: Belinda Clark