The Yorkshire Country House Partnership

Welcome to the website for the Yorkshire Country House Partnership.

Established in 1999 as a collaboration between seven houses in the county and the University of York, the YCHP is dedicated to researching the architecture, landscapes, collections, families and archives of the country houses of Yorkshire.

Today the membership encompasses the departments of History, English, Archaeology, Art History, and Music at York, together with more than a dozen houses who are involved in some or all of our research projects.

The research outcomes take a number of different forms ranging from dissertations at undergraduate or MA level, doctoral theses and scholarly publications, to exhibitions, seminars, and projects hosted by various houses. Please see the related links for past and current projects and publications.

The partnership is chaired by Christopher Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard, and partnership business is run through Castle Howard with the help of Anna Louise Mason, Assistant Curator. Former Co-Chair Allen Warren continues to coordinate academic initiatives and develop external relations.

All communications should be addressed to: ychp@castlehoward.co.uk

Duty Calls: The Country House in Time of War A series of new exhibitions across Yorkshire in 2013 and 2014

Duty Calls: The Country House in Time of War looks at the impact of various conflicts on nine of Yorkshire’s major country houses, and the experiences of their occupants and wider communities, from the perspectives of owners, servants, tenants and estate workers.

Duty came in many forms, from domestic to national service: men were sent away to fight, women volunteered as nurses, houses and horses were requisitioned. The rise of aerial warfare meant danger from the skies, and the impact of death among loved ones and neighbours cut across social strata.

From March 2013 until October 2014 a series of interlinked exhibitions, trails and activities highlight and explore each house’s own particular experiences, collections and stories. Through photographs, paintings, memorabilia and a rich selection of letters, journals, and estate papers, Duty Calls chronicles how these estates and their communities faced the hardships of war across three centuries.