Keynote: Annabel Westman

Keynote Address

Decorative arts collections, challenges and opportunities

Annabel Westman – textile historian, Director of Studies for the Attingham Trust, UK

Thursday 14 April 9.00am-10.15am

Venue: Theatre Royal, Nelson

Annabel Westman, FSA, is an independent textile historian specialising in the restoration of historic interiors. She has worked on a wide range of significant projects, carrying out research on the original furnishing schemes and advising on their implementation. In addition to privately owned historic houses, she has worked regularly for heritage bodies including English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has published articles in some of the leading art history magazines and journals and lectures widely on historic furnishing textiles.

She is also Director of Studies for The Attingham Trust, www.attinghamtrust.org, an educational charity founded in 1952 for the study of historic houses and collections. The Trust offers specialised study courses, internationally recognised for their sustained academic excellence, for professionals engaged in this field. She was former Director of the Summer School (1992-2005).