The Collaboration Fund project was based on a long standing academic relationship with the Yorkshire Country House Partnership (YCHP) which is a collaboration of seven houses in the county and the University of York, with Castle Howard being one of the more well known houses involved. YCHP is dedicated to researching the architecture, landscapes, collections, families and archives of the country houses of Yorkshire. The Travel and Transport in the Country House project challenged curators and academics alike to think creatively about the role of the country house in pioneering cutting-edge transport technologies and to find new ways of understanding and interpreting everyday objects. Three new micro projects were undertaken between Brodsworth Hall and the University of Sheffield; Kiplin Hall and the University of York, and the National Railway Museum and the University of Sheffield. In addition, ten new research papers by Early Career Researchers in the project team were presented at the Plenary Conference at the end of the project.
“Funding from the White Rose consortium has allowed us to take our original project proposal one step further, responding to new initiatives around digital technologies and their possible application to country house, gallery and museum collections. We look forward to further initiatives and projects between York, Leeds, Sheffield and the Yorkshire Country House partnership, bringing cutting-edge creative and immersive experiences to visitors and curators”