Speaker: Christopher Garibaldi
3 September 2021

In so many country houses open to the public both stables and carriage houses have been converted into either the restaurant or gift shop. Whilst completely understandable from an economic perspective, this change in function sometimes serves to divert attention from their original purpose and significance. Often the focus of important architectural commissions, they were fundamental elements to the house and estate without which neither could function effectively.

This lecture aims to redress the balance by looking at the architectural history of the British stable through a wealth of artistic sources, examining their design and evolution from the late medieval period to the end of the 19th century when literal ‘horsepower’ started to give way to its mechanical alternatives

Chris is an independent researcher. His appointments have included the following..

1994–1997 Catalogued the silver in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and other royal residences.

1998–2003 Senior Curator & Assistant Keeper of Art (Decorative Art) at Norwich Castle Museum: co-curator of Flower Power – The Meaning of Flowers in Art and Eat, Drink and Be Merry, the British at Table 1600 to 2000.

2008–2010 Co-Director of the Attingham Summer School for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections.

2010–2019 Director of Palace House, Newmarket (National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art: www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk.