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. Founded in 2004, the Centre exists to promote all aspects of the study of great historic houses and their surroundings, their design, construction and conservation. We run study days, open to the general public, host an annual lecture at Lamport Hall, and offer postgraduate courses: a taught MA, based on campus, a new Distance Learning MA launched in February 2015, and PhD supervision.

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

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

Vision for the Future

Postgraduate degrees

The Centre offers two MA courses:


Lamport Hall

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.

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MA programme bursaries available

Lamport Hall

The Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Ltd annually offers two bursaries for students with a place on The Country House: Art, Literature and History MA programme. Applicants for 2017 should contact Professor Phillip Lindley. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 August.

The trust also offers one bursary for a DL Country House MA student. Deadline: 2nd February 2018

Contact the Centre for the Country House

Professor Phillip Lindley - Campus based and Distance Learning


Department of History of Art & Film
University of Leicester
University Road, Leicester

Tel: 0116 2522620
Email: histartfilm@le.ac.uk