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
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
Marilyn and Ian's new book:
"Technology in the Country House"
based on their research, will be published on August 28th by
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
24th - 27th April
||Bells in the servants'
quarters at Tyntesfield, seen on the tour in
26th - 29th June
||Beautiful lakeside gardens at
Mount Stewart in
7th - 11th August
Some of the earliest electricity generation at
Armstrong's Cragside seen in
The North East and Scottish Borders
4th - 8th September