Historic Houses is the country’s largest collection of historic houses and gardens. We work on behalf of more than a thousand important places, with the support of tens of thousands of members who love Britain’s special heritage and want to help us carry out our mission.
Independent historic houses might be owned by individuals and families – often those who have lived there for centuries – or by small charitable trusts, businesses, educational institutions, or local authorities. Their independence makes them diverse and offers them opportunities, but it’s also hard for lone sites to be heard and to find the expertise and money they need. We help protect these places through representation and research, advice and guidance, and marketing and membership.
Independent owners – often families for whom a historic house is also a home – are the best custodians of our national heritage. They bring other resources to support the repair and maintenance of their houses and make sure that money is spent efficiently. At the same time the activities they carry out to secure their houses’ futures create jobs, generate wellbeing for local communities, and contribute towards Britain’s sustainability goals. In exchange it has long been government policy to recognise the value of independent owners being enabled to stay in their homes and make sure they’re treated fairly and sensibly.