The interiors of our protected historic homes tend to change very little, but kitchens are often an exception, providing striking contrasts between the splendour of a period room and the imperatives of modern family life. Sensitive and light-touch adaptations can ensure that the main rooms of houses remain in use and loved by those who live in them, said our President, James Birch, as he announced the creation of an award to honour the best examples.

The award is run in association with Country Life magazine, which will feature the shortlisted finalists and winner in parallel to Historic House magazine, and generously sponsored by British interiors brand Neptune, which, alongside furniture, lighton and decorating collections, is known for classic, impeccably crafted timber kitchens. The three shortlisted entries will be featured in the autumn edition of Historic House, with the winner being announced in the winter issue.

All house members are encouraged to consider submission, while properties do not have to be open to the public to be eligible.

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