The project takes country houses as a starting point for opening up a much broader intellectual agenda at the interface between Jewish history, art history and heritage culture.

It is organised around two major strands: politics/philanthropy and collecting/material culture. Each will feature workshops and conferences with significant heritage sector participation. Where possible they will be organised with relevant partners: the National Trust (co-sponsor of all collecting strand events), the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), the Musée Camondo (France), Villa Montesca (Italy), and Villa Stiassni (Czech Republic). An emerging collaboration with the National Gallery (UK) aims to bring both strands together through a focus on cultural philanthropy.