Call for Papers

As the popularity of country houses continues to increase and the stories within them are told in more innovative and elaborate ways, so too does the opportunity to reveal further untold stories. This one day conference seeks to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry practice, by inviting researchers and heritage professionals to share their work and experiences of uncovering and interpreting stories yet to be fully explored in country houses.

Stories such as the National Trust’s 2017 theme of LGBT histories, the nationwide centenary commemorations of WWI and the growing public interest of servant communities in historic properties are but a small example of untold histories shaping a ‘new’ country house experience. Along with the upcoming centenary of the RAF and women’s suffrage in 2018, to be discussed by our Keynote speaker, National Public Programmes Manager Tom Freshwater, we hope this conference will act as a platform for discussions of untold stories to further develop perspectives of the country house, expand and improve knowledge and enhance the visitor experience.

We invite applicants to present 15 minute papers and posters (please specify in your abstract). These may focus on any time period, including the present day. Suggested topics include, but not limited to:

  • Geographical and gender history of art and collections
  • Women and land management
  • Ethnicity; sexuality; and religion
  • The wider estate
  • Social networking of the country house
  • Slavery and class
  • Leisure and hobbies in the country house

We are also interested in papers concerning interpreting untold stories to the public and therefore encourage papers on;

  • Methods of interpretation
  • Ethical considerations
  • Issues of conservation and funding
  • Audience segmentations

Please send abstracts between 200 and 300 words to accompanied by a 50 word biography by Friday 1st December 2017.

If you do not wish to present a paper but are interested in attending, please email the conference committee at the above email address to join the mailing list.