Finch attends The Country House in the City

Posted on 11 October 2019

Amsterdam conference was organised by the Dutch Castles Foundation, the University of Groningen, and ENCOUNTER (European Country House and Estate Research) network

The outer courtyard of Amerongen Castle, built 1674-1680

Jonathan Finch is just back from a conference in Amsterdam which explored The Country House in the City - and in particular the strong links between the mercantile elite in Dutch cities and their patronage of country houses.

An international line-up of speakers was brought together by the Dutch Castles Foundation, the University of Groningen, and ENCOUNTER (European Country House and Estate Research) network, for which Jon is the UK representative. A fascinating day of papers was followed by an excursion to explore some of the houses themselves between Amsterdam and Utrecht.