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We are more than a thousand important historic houses, supporting one another to keep our special places alive for future generations. We are Britain's independent heritage working together

Hundreds of homes, thousands of stories

"Historic Houses gives places like ours a voice and a network, helping us to stay independent and keeping our home and garden alive and accessible for generations to come"

James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire

Saunders Watson family Rockingham

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Policy Round-Up: July 2021

This month, England moved to Step 4 of the government’s roadmap, bringing the most significant easing of restrictions since Covid hit last March. Scotland and Wales have taken a more cautious approach, with face masks and social distancing requirements remaining...

Weston Park in Shropshire

Join the Creative Comeback at Weston Park

Arty creatives of all kinds are beings sought for a late summer exhibition that seeks to fill the prestigious Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park on the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire

Screenwriting Competition at Wentworth Woodhouse

The clock is ticking! Budding movie-makers have less than a fortnight to enter Wentworth Woodhouse’s international screenwriting contest.

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Visitor at Middleton Hall in Staffordshire, Historic Houses photo by Layton Thompson

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