National Heritage in Private Hands: The Political and Cultural Role of Privately-Owned Country Houses in Britain After 1950
My research examines the methods and effectiveness of the country house lobby, and specifically the Historic Houses Association (HHA), a not-for-profit organisation that has represented and advised owners of privately-owned country houses since 1973. Through this lense, it reassesses the active construction of the country house as a symbol of national identity, and examines the influence of inherited wealth in British politics.
This is a collaborative project, with supervisory support from Historic Houses.
Supervisors: Professor William Whyte, Dr Oliver Cox and Emma Robinson (Director of Policy & Public Affairs, Historic Houses)
Funding: Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award