One-day Conference,
Saturday 10 September 2016, from 9.30pm
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building,
University of York

Travellers, Objects, Tourism

As a conclusion to the twelve-month series of workshops supported by the White Rose Consortium, the Yorkshire Country House Partnership is holding a conference on the subject of Travellers, Objects, Tourism in relation to the country house.

Third Annual Lecture,
Thursday 24 November 2016, 6.30pm
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building,
University of York

Where Stands the Scottish Country House in 2016?

Despite constituting an influential and popular proportion of Scotland’s built heritage, as well as being a major rural employer and tourism draw, Scottish country houses have been overshadowed by the land reform agenda, which has dominated rural debate since devolution in 1999.

This lecture will explore what this means for country house studies in Scotland, and for the position of owners and the heritage industry, questioning who sets the terms of this discussion. How and why are Scottish country houses framed – intellectually, socially, economically and politically – and how has this picture evolved? From the period of post-Jacobite house building in the mid-eighteenth century, through the ‘Balmoralisation’ of the house, and the influence of the hunting, shooting and fishing boom of the later nineteenth century, Scotland’s country houses have long been political as well as architectural structures.

Current legislation around community ownership and empowerment is ushering in a new age: how will country houses meet these new challenges and what can be learned from the rest of the UK and Ireland?

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

The YCHP lecture is a free, public lecture; bookings are not required, and seating is on a first come first seated basis. The Bowland auditorium seat up to 140 people.

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The speaker, Dr Annie Tindley

Dr Annie Tindley is senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, where her research focuses on modern rural Scottish history, with a particular examination of landed estates and aristocratic families. She is also the founder and Director of the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures, a collaborative, inter-disciplinary body investigating Scotland’s land issues within a British and European context.

YCHP scoops prestigious 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award

The Yorkshire Country House Partnership (YCHP), a consortium of Yorkshire’s major historic houses, are celebrating their success in winning one of the prestigious 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards at a glittering Awards ceremony, held on 3 March in the sumptuous setting of Goldsmith’s Hall in London.

YCHP won the award for the ‘Best World War 1 Event’ for Duty Calls: The Country House in Time of War, a series of exhibitions and events at nine historic houses across Yorkshire throughout 2013 and 2014, marking the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Duty Calls: The Country House in Time of War was the latest in a series of collaborative projects by Yorkshire Country House Partnership, and looked 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 points of view of owners, servants, tenants and estate workers. Duty Calls exhibitions started in 2013 and ran throughout 2014.

The participating houses were: Beningbrough Hall (NT property, near York); Brodsworth Hall (EH property, Doncaster); Fairfax Hall (York); Castle Howard (York); Kiplin Hall (Richmond); Lotherton Hall (LCC property, Leeds); Newby Hall (Ripon); Nostell Priory (NT property, Wakefield); and Sewerby Hall (ERYCC, Bridlington). The Duty Calls programme at a number of the properties was generously supported by Heritage Lottery Fund grants.

Over 1.5 million visited the Duty Calls exhibitions and events across the 2 year period, with extensive participation by local communities, schools and volunteers in devising, as well as participating, in the exhibitions and events. Duty Calls dramatically improved ‘visitor enjoyment’ ratings, and visitors found it extremely powerful, poignant…and gave a personal dimension to their understanding and appreciation of the houses, and their varied histories.

Hudsons Heritage Awards

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with around 100 guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant. The sponsors were accountancy and investment management group, Smith & Williamson.

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of market leading guide, Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards today. All our winners offer their visitors fantastic experiences and Hudson’s are immensely proud to be involved with a scheme that rewards and recognizes the very best heritage attractions.”

Dr Chris Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard and Chair of YCHP said: “We are delighted to have won a 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award. Winning one of these awards demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. Receiving this award is acknowledgement and recognition of the value of working together in partnership with colleagues in other Yorkshire historic houses. The collaboration provides enhanced experiences for our visitors, placing YCHP houses among the elite of heritage attractions in the UK.”

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