Burton Constable, the home of the Constable family for over 700 years, is one of the most fascinating country houses to survive with its historic collections. This large Elizabethan mansion and its surrounding parkland is now a museum owned by the Burton Constable Foundation, a charity whose mission is to safeguard Burton Constable for future generations.
The Hall is set in over 300 acres of Capability Brown designed grounds and parkland. The historic house has been changed a great deal by different generations of the family, with the Elizabethan manor house undergoing extensive alterations to its design and architecture in the Georgian period and further refurbishment during the Victorian period.
Since the Foundation took the Hall on in 1992, it has embarked on a major project to restore, conserve and reinterpret the historic house and its contents. Key collections include William Constable’s Cabinet of Curiosities; fine furniture, paintings and sculpture; a library of over 5,000 books; Victorian textiles and furnishings; and (more unusually) a 60-foot long skeleton of a Sperm Whale, stranded on the coast nearby in 1825 and displayed by the family in the 1840s.