'Jewish Stories and the National Heritage'

'Jewish Stories and the National Heritage'

Polesden Lacey

A one-day workshop for invited speakers and delegates, organised by the Jewish Country Houses project in partnership with the National Trust

Polesden Lacey, Thursday December 19th 2019



10.00 -10.30 Registration 
10.30 – 10.40

Welcome and introduction

Tom Stammers, Durham University and Silvia Davoli, University of Oxford

10.40 -12.15

Session 1: Exploring ‘Jewish’ Houses and Collections

Chair: Oliver Cox (University of Oxford)

John Hilary (Independent researcher, biographer of the Messel family and Nymans)
George Roberts (Curator, Mottisfont)
Penelope Hines (Curator, Willow Road)
Susie Batchelor (Head of Audiences and Collections, Gunnersbury Park and Museum)
Florian Medici (Assistant Curator, Château de Seneffe, Belgium)

13.00 -13.45

Keynote Talk

Chair: Abigail Green (University of Oxford)

David Feldman (Professor of History, Birkbeck, and Director of the Pears Institute): ‘Anti-Semitism as Heritage’


Session 2: Difficult and Contested Histories

Chair: Jaclyn Granick (Cardiff University)

Victoria Bevan (Curator, Polesden Lacey)
Neil Watt (House & Collections Manager, Mount Stewart)
Jonathan Wallis (Curator, Ormsby Hall)

15.00 - 16.15

Session 3: Widening Perspectives: the NT and Beyond

Chair: Nino Strachey (National Trust)

Charlotte Holmes (Curator, Back to Backs)
Marcus Roberts (J-Trails)
Alison Cooper (Curator, South West)
Hester Abrams (Willesden Cemetery)

16.15 - 17.00 Tour of Polesden Lacey with the Curators