Erddig included in:
The Welsh Borders
with Dr Ian West
28th April - 1st May 2014



Castle Ward included in:
Northern Ireland
with Prof. Marilyn Palmer
19th - 23rd May 2014



Cragside included in:
The North-East
with Prof. Marilyn Palmer
15th - 19th September 2014
Fully booked
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Country House Comfort & Convenience
Led by Professor Marilyn Palmer & Dr Ian West

Take a look at a slide show of our tour in the South West last year

2014 brings three new tours to the Country House series, led by the key experts in the field, exploring the impact of technology on our great country houses and the people who lived and worked there.

During the late 18th and 19th centuries a variety of technological innovations were becoming available to enhance the comfort and convenience of domestic life but, far from urban centres, the great Country Houses had to be self sufficient in the provision of gas, electricity, sanitation and water supply if they wished to make use of them.

Subsequently, the decline of many country houses, together with their being donated to the National Trust, has meant that less alteration has taken place than in domestic property. In 2008 Professor Marilyn Palmer and Dr Ian West began studying the technology in a wide range of country houses, examining both the physical remains and the historical evidence and trying to place them in the wider context of the effects they had above and below stairs.

Heritage of Industry is delighted to have secured Prof. Palmer and Dr West to lead this series of unique tours where they will guide us through some of these grand residences, help us to understand some of the fascinating artefacts still to be seen and explain how they changed the lives of those who lived there.

Unlike coach company tours, which rely on the normal guides, our expert leaders, working in conjunction with the Collections Managers, give a unique insight to these properties. In most cases, we secure access to the properties early in the day when the houses are not yet open to the public so that we will have the place to ourselves for the duration of the tour and in certain cases are granted permission to see areas not normally open to the public.

At each property, after our special tour, there will be time to further explore the house and gardens. We will stay in comfortable 3 or 4 star accommodation and the package will include dinner, bed & breakfast, transport by luxury coach, all guiding and entrance fees.

Numbers are limited and places are likely to be filled quickly so book early!