Buda House Curator to Visit Historic Houses in UK
Buda Historic Home and Garden’s house curator, Lauretta Zilles, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the Attingham Summer School in Britain in June/July 2016. This includes visiting 15 historic country houses in Sussex, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire over an 18 day period for the purpose of examining the architecture, social history, gardens and landscapes, and to study the contents and collections at each property.
Lauretta explains ‘Thanks to the generosity of the Copland Foundation here in Australia, the Alex Copland Scholarship offers those working in the Cultural Heritage sector the rare opportunity to attend the Attingham Summer School each year.’
The Attingham Summer School was founded in 1952 and is highly regarded by museums, universities and historic preservation societies throughout the world for its careful selection of members and sustained academic standards. The course provides privileged access to houses and their collections under the guidance of distinguished scholars, as well as the opportunity to meet and share ideas with heritage practitioners from around the world.
‘It is a tremendous opportunity and an honour to have been chosen as the 2016 Copland Foundation, Alex Copland Scholar, and I am very much looking forward to attending this specialist course’ says Lauretta.
While in the UK, Lauretta also hopes to carry out some further research relating to Buda and the Leviny family, taking the opportunity to look at other small museums, their interpretations and public programs as well. We wish Lauretta all the best on her educational travels abroad, and look forward to hearing the results of her studies on her return.
Read the full story about Lauretta's scholarship on Buda's blog here
Buda's Garden Curator Dianne Thomson's retirement after 29 years of service
SITTING under the oak tree, cuppa in hand, we recently invited Buda Historic Home & Garden’s soon to be retired Garden Curator, Dianne Thomson, to reflect on her 29 years of volunteering and working in this heritage garden of national significance. Following in the footsteps of a handful of privileged custodians since this goldfields heritage garden was established in 1861, Dianne quietly admits a strong attachment.
“I have an enormous love of this garden.” Asked what she has most enjoyed about the Buda garden, she immediately cites the peacefulness.
“Even though you’re in this huge space and often can’t see anyone, you never feel alone. One of the best times to be in the garden is on a summer evening.”
With autumn upon us, she admits that Miss Hilda’s walk is one of her favourite places.
With much fondness Dianne also recalls the many staff and volunteers she has worked with over the years.
To view the full article with Dianne Thomson please click on this link to the Buda blog