Temple Newsam

The Partnership

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.


1. Beningbrough Hall, York

Victorian country house

2. Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

3. Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire

4. Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

5. Fairfax House, York

6. Harewood House, Leeds

7. Kiplin Hall, Richmond

8. Lotherton Hall, Leeds

9. Newby Hall, Ripon

10. Nostell Priory, Wakefield

11. Sewerby Hall, Bridlington

12. Temple Newsam, Leeds

Our Partnership with the University of York

The YCHP has an enduring partnership with the Department of History of Art at the University of York. In the past, the YCHP has also worked closely with the History, English, Archaeology and Music departments: members of the YCHP have contributed to teaching modules and to supporting and supervising MA dissertations and doctoral theses.

As well as shared research interests with individual academics, recent collaborations between the YCHP and the Department of History of Art include the shared organisation of conferences and seminars; student placements for both post-graduate and undergraduate students and careers talks by YCHP curators.

Through York Art History Collaborations (YAHCs), the Department also supports the YCHP website.

Heslington Hall (university of York)
Visit Department of History of Art website
Visit YAHCs website

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.

Logos - University of York and YAHCs

Other Associates

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.