Field Visits

The association organises a number of visits each year, one usually overseas and others in the UK.

Many field visits are also included in the Annual Conference. For further details visit the Annual conference page


Previous trips have included: Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

The 2017 Spring Tour

15th – 21st May

The Randstad – North & South Holland and Utrecht

This tour is now fully booked

For full details visit:

In the UK

There have been a number of visits investigating Country House Technology led by Professor Marilyn Palmer (President) and Dr Ian West.

During the late 18th and 19th centuries a variety of technological innovations were becoming available to enhance the comfort and convenience of domestic life but, far from urban centres, the great Country Houses had to be self sufficient in the provision of gas, electricity, sanitation and water supply if they wished to make use of them.

Subsequently, the decline of many country houses, together with their being donated to the National Trust, has meant that less alteration has taken place than in domestic property. In 2008 Professor Marilyn Palmer (AIA President) and Dr Ian West began studying the technology in a wide range of country houses, examining both the physical remains and the historical evidence and trying to place them in the wider context of the effects they had above and below stairs.

Previous tours have included the South West, The North West, The North East and Scottish Borders, The Welsh Borders, East Anglia and Bucks, Oxon & Surrey.

To coincide with the publication of Marilyn and Ian’s book “Technology in the Country House” a number of tours are being offered again in 2017. These tours are run on behalf of the Association by Heritage of Industry Ltd.
For full details visit:

Write: Heritage of Industry Ltd, The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot OX11 9LN
Phone/Fax: +44 1235 352275