Centre for the Study of the Country House
The Centre for the Study of the Country House is an innovative joint venture between the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust and the University of Leicester. It exists to promote all aspects of the study of great historic houses and their surroundings, their design, construction and conservation.
Areas studied in the Centre, which comprises an interdisciplinary group of scholars, researchers and students, include:
- The architecture of country houses and their gardens; their landscapes and literature
- Art collections and furnishings
- Their artistic representations
- The technologies employed to build and service the houses and their surrounding estates
- Their histories and the histories of those who lived in them
- Their funding, administration and conservation
The Centre offers two MA courses:
- The Country House in Art, History and Literature (based on campus)
- The Country House (by distance learning)
Throughout its research and teaching, the Centre makes considerable use of our unique access to Lamport Hall and its contacts and archives, as well as studying its architecture and art, and landscape and estate. There will be plenty of opportunity for visits to other country houses and to London museums, houses and galleries.
The Centre has developed an external programme of annual guest lectures and individual study days at Lamport Hall. We collaborate, in developing our teaching and research programme, with other country houses and specialised research institutions. For more information see our news and events.