Oliver Cox is Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford and Co-Lead of the Oxford University Heritage Network.

What do English country houses tell us about the state of the nation?

Stephanie Barczewski’s book considers how stately homes have evolved according to the needs of their owners and wider changes in society

11 Jan 2024
The Rolling Stones on stage at Longleat House in Wiltshire on 2 August 1964.

Altered estates – the English country houses that boomed in the post-war period

Adrian Tinniswood’s new book focuses on the aristocrats and rock stars who secured the futures of the houses they owned – or moved into

26 Nov 2021
Installation view of ‘Treasures from Chatsworth’, exhibited at Sotheby’s New York in 2019.

Period drama: do country house exhibitions need a shake-up?

Museums might be better at bringing the contents of grand historic piles to life than the houses themselves

19 Jun 2021