Historic Houses (or to give us our full legal title, the Historic Houses Association) was formed in 1973, at a time of great national uncertainty for heritage.
The turmoil of war, and changing economic and social conditions, meant that hundreds of significant historic houses had been lost in the decades after 1945. Our organisation was established to provide a means for independent owners of these important homes to work together to face the challenges of new times and new realities.
We are devoted to the long-term care and protection of some of the finest heritage in the country. Our base is at 2 Chester Street in central London. We have experts who specialise in marketing and communication, policy and public affairs, and membership services. We are a not-for-profit independent company, governed by a board of directors. A voluntary Council comprising mainly of historic house owners meets quarterly to give advice and direction.
Director General: Ben Cowell
Director of Finance & Operations: Rufus Mitcheson
Director of Policy: Emma Robinson
Director of Marketing & Development: James Probert
Policy Officer: Polly Martin
Finance Officer: Jane Seymour
Operations Officer: Sam Aaronberg
Executive Assistant to Director General: Candida Janson
Events Coordinator: Fiona Attenborough
Technical Advisor: Robert Parker
Education Advisor: Gail Bromley