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

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.
For some years Professor Marilyn Palmer and Dr Ian West have been 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.

In 2019 we are offering two Country House tour, click on the name to see more details :

  • 3rd - 6th June The Weald of Kent and Sussex, visiting Petworth, Bateman's, Nymans, Scotney Castle & the Salomons Estate. Now open for booking
  • 30th Sep - 3rd Oct The North West, visiting Lyme Park, Dunham Massey, Tatton Park & Styal.