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

New tours now in preparation for 2018
Email to get information as soon as it is available

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 book:
"Technology in the Country House"
based on their research, has now been published 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 tour booking

Click on the tour name on the right for full tour details including how to claim your copy of the book
A beautiful gasolier at
Chirk Castle in
The Welsh Borders
Booking closed
24th - 27th April
Bells in the servants' quarters at Tyntesfield, seen on the tour in
The South West
Booking closed
26th - 29th June
Beautiful lakeside gardens at Mount Stewart in
Northern Ireland
Booking closed
7th - 11th August
Some of the earliest electricity generation at Armstrong's Cragside seen in
The North East and Scottish Borders
Booking closed
4th - 8th September