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12th Annual Lamport Hall Lecture

Looking forward:

On 26th September 2017: Mark Purcell from the University of Cambridge will lead a seminar at Lamport Hall on the history of the Country House library. Mark was formerly the Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now the Deputy Director, Research Collections, at the Cambridge University Library. To book a place, please contact Lamport Hall direct.


Incoming students 2016











Vicki Howlett and Neil Lyon of the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust, both former MA students of ours, welcomed this year's incoming students to Lamport Hall at the induction and reception on 28 September 2016.  There are now sixteen students on the MA. We were also delighted to see Fay Horton, who has just completed her dissertation, Tamar Moore and Emma Purcell, undertaking their PhDs with Professor Sweet, and Dr Sarah Goldsmith, the new Leverhulme Post-doctoral researcher in the School of History.

The Fall & Rise of the English Landed Estate


On 27 September, the Centre co-hosted the double lecture by Charles Cowap and Neil Lyon: 'The Fall & Rise of the English Landed Estate, 1880 to the present day – a taxing question'.  The lecture, kindly sponsored by Hewitsons Solicitors, was sold out well in advance. The photograph shows, left to right, Gareth Williams of Hewitsons, Charles Cowap of Harper Adams, Neil Lyon, and Phillip Lindley, Director of the Centre

17 May 2016: Eleventh Annual Lamport Lecture, 'James Duke of Monmouth: Power, Politics and Architecture in Restoration England’. Dr Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust.

Blenheim Palace

On 3rd May 2016, the MA students visited Blenheim Palace as the guests of Mr John Hoy, Chief Executive at Blenheim Palace.  Mr Hoy provided an inspiring talk on how he has more than doubled visitor numbers and greatly augmented income from the Palace and from the property and land portfolio.  It was a great privilege for us to hear the details of how he and the senior management team he leads have implemented radical change, marketing the Palace with immense success, and also to hear his plans for the future.  750,000 visitors p.a. and counting!  After the talk the students visited the exhibitions and the palace’s state rooms.  Prof Lindley spent a good deal of time examining the huge monument by Rysbrack to the first Duke in the chapel!


Waddesdon Manor
Photo c Helen Maclean

On Tuesday 1st March 2016 the group visited Waddesdon Manor as guest of the NT. After a meeting to discuss possible research projects, the students visited the house, contents sometimes under wraps for winter, taken round by Colette Warbrick and Sophie Piebenga; we then visited the power house and the magnificent Windmill Hill Archive with its splendid contemporary works.



Megan Leyland

Megan Leyland of English Heritage spoke to a combined meeting of Country House and English Local History MA students on Tuesday 8 December 2015. Megan was appointed a Senior Properties Historian at English Heritage even before she had completed her PhD thesis with Professor Lindley (with second supervisor Professor Sweet of the School of History). She spoke to the students about her work at English Heritage, focussing on Marble Hill House and on Richmond Castle, about opportunities in EH and about how students could maximise their chances for employment within the Heritage Industry.

Thomas Greenaway and studentsOn 26 November 2015, the MA students visited Thomas Greenaway's studio. Thomas is a renowned conservator and designer in pietra dura, and gave the students a fascinating introduction to his techniques and work. In the afternoon we went on to Courteenhall as guests of Dr Johnny Wake. We had the privilege of meeting his grandfather, the 14th baronet, now aged 99, who won the Military Cross fighting with Field Marshal Montgomery against Rommel.


12 May 2015: Tenth Annual Lamport Lecture: 'Viewing genius: the history of visiting Wren's St Pauls'. Jeremy Musson, Broadcaster and Author.


MA reception

Mr George Drye, CEO of the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust, welcomed this year’s intake of MA students to the reception at Lamport on 28 September where they also met PhD students associated with Boughton House.







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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