Country House Comfort & Convenience
Unique, small-group, expert led tours
with Professor Marilyn Palmer MBE & Dr Ian West

2017 tour details now available
New Book: Technology in the Country House - half price offer

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.

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.

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

Special offer

Marilyn and Ian's new book:
"Technology in the Country House"
based on their research, will be published on August 28th by Historic England. See details List price £60.00


We are pleased to be able to offer a copy of the book at half price with any booking

Click on the tour name on the right for full tour details including how to claim your copy of the book

Beautiful gas lighting at Chirk Castle, found on the tour in

The Welsh Borders
Bells in the servants quarters at Tyntesfield, seen on the tour in

The South West
Beautiful lakeside gardens at Mount Stewart in

Northern Ireland
Some of the earliest electricity generation at Armstrong's Cragside seen in

The North East and Scottish Borders