The Yorkshire Country House Partnership has a core of twelve major country houses across the region and associations with others in relation to specific projects.
Spanning more than six centuries in origin and an impressive range of architectural styles, the houses are united by both their geography and their historical roles at the heart of rural society.
Welcoming close more than a million visitors a year, the houses are owned and managed by a range of bodies, both local and national, private and public.
The Partnership exists to promote a deeper understanding of the shared histories of the houses through scholarly research with significant public outcomes. It also provides a practical support network for house curators and an arena for interdisciplinary collaboration with the wider academic community and across the heritage sector.
The University of York
The YCHP has worked closely with the departments of History, English, Archaeology, Art History, and Music at the university.
These collaborations have taken the form of shared research interests with particular academics, contributing to teaching modules at undergraduate or MA level, and supporting and supervising of dissertations and doctoral theses.
Traditionally the country house has been the focus of study by humanities departments, but one strand of research the partnership is interested in developing is a wider understanding of estates and landscapes through the bio-sciences.
Where possible the partnership looks to extend the level of collaboration beyond Yorkshire, and has developed relations with other bodies and institutions engaged in similar endeavours. Many figures from these bodies have attended or spoken at the biennial YCHP seminars held in York.