The Historic Houses policy team works closely with university research partnerships across the country.

These include the Yorkshire Country Houses Partnership (led by the University of York and Castle Howard) and the Thames Valley Country Houses Partnership (led by the University of Oxford).

We also have good links with the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (Bangor), the Centre for Public History (Queen’s, Belfast), the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures (Dundee, Stirling and UHI) and the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates (Maynooth).

These academic partnerships seek to promote a deeper understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural histories of the country house through research, and create many interesting and productive partnership opportunities for the Historic Houses team and our house members.

Historic Houses people and partners speak at various academic conferences throughout the year.

JoinT PhD Project

In 2018 Historic Houses and the University of Oxford launched a joint PhD project. This three-year AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award is exploring the role of the independently owned country house in political and cultural discourse from the 1950s to the present day.

The DPhil will provide for an in-depth case study of the evolution of Historic Houses, within the heritage sector context of amenity societies and charitable organisations, as a force for political influence.

Contact our Director of Policy & Public Affairs for more information: