Past Exhibitions & Projects

Since 1999 the partnership has engaged in a number of projects. Some of these, such as Maids & Mistresses, The Year of the Portrait, and Work & Play have resulted in exhibitions, publications, and in one case a doctoral award.

For a resume of the work of the partnership in its first ten years see the ‘Report 2010 on Achievements and Future Plans’, by co-Chairs Christopher Ridgway and Allen Warren.


Other projects have included cataloguing part or all of the library holdings at six houses: Brodsworth Hall, Burton Constable, Castle Howard, Harewood House, Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam. The catalogue is hosted on the University of York Library website. The holdings at Nostell Priory have been catalogued as part of the National Trust library cataloguing project directed by Mark Purcell. Further information is available on the Research page.

Knowledge of the book collections in the houses directly contributed to an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Department of English at the University of York and Castle Howard, investigating the library at Castle Howard in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, at the time of the building of the house by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle.

Travel and Transport

In 2005 the member houses began a series of discussions with the National Railway Museum, York exploring the possibility of a joint exhibition focusing on travel and transport among the families belonging to these houses. While many interesting objects and narratives were uncovered, with promising potential for an exhibition, as well as a serious understanding of indigenous and global travel through the centuries, the project is currently in abeyance.