The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Sir Simon Jenkins
Over the last two centuries, Britain's historic houses have faced waves of threats. Those that have survived have largely been taken into the guardianship of charities as museums, or been put to alternative uses, such as schools or hotels. In this lecture, Sir Simon Jenkins, Chair of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, discusses the circumstances, values, and opportunities of great houses in the 21st century, with a particular focus on the National Trust's new program, "Bringing Places to Life."

In the past, Sir Simon has spoken out against what he termed "museumitis" in the Trust and other preservation organizations. He stated, "A house lived in by the family which built it, or at least whose story can be traced in its walls, furniture and pictures, is worth a dozen sterile museums." This lecture explores the importance of engaging visitors with the history and life of the English country house, in addition to discussing strategies used toward this end at a range of the Trust's most iconic historic houses, such as Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, Kingston Lacy in Dorset, and the Trust's newest acquisition, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.
Presented with The Royal Oak Foundation

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