Castle Howard, Strawberry Hill, and Stowe House, United Kingdom

A Heritage from Home Virtual Tour

Travel through the English countryside and step back in time to the eighteenth century to visit some of Britain’s most important palaces and castles, and the glorious designed landscapes they sit within. From the magnificent Georgian ducal palace of Stowe House and the dramatically baroque Castle Howard to the world’s first Gothic revival building, Strawberry Hill, this tour will take you in the footsteps of some of the country’s greatest architects, pioneer landscape designers, and intriguing personalities.

Join WMF Britain Executive Director John Darlington on a tour of these historic estates and learn about their rich histories as family homes, museums, and schools. As you wander around the elaborately designed gardens framing these monumental houses, discover how WMF’s projects there, sometimes decades-long, balanced large-scale exterior interventions with delicate, focused work on interior decorative ornaments to secure the sites’ architectural integrity and ensure an enhanced visitor experience.

Video release date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Member Events

WMF members are invited to attend a live virtual screening of the tour followed by a post-video discussion with John Darlington, WMF Britain Executive Director, and guests. 

Date: To be announced
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John Darlington, WMF Britain Executive Director

John Darlington, an archaeologist, and author, joined WMF in 2015 to lead the British affiliate. Prior to joining WMF, he led the UK’s National Trust in North West England with a portfolio focused on historic mansions, gardens, and landscapes. He holds a number of graduate and postgraduate degrees, is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is also the author of over 50 publications, and a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper and other journals.

About Heritage from Home

Heritage from Home brings viewers behind the scenes to some of World Monuments Fund’s most iconic sites around the globe guided by the WMF experts who safeguard them for the future. 

Subscribers to this series will receive a new video in their inbox once a month. WMF members have the added opportunity of attending a live virtual presentation and post-video discussion with WMF staff for select events.