Historic Houses Handbook

2018-03-14-0001The Historic Houses Association has been rebranded as Historic Houses. Our Historic Houses Handbook arrived this week in its new format, perhaps reminiscent in style of the handbook for Historic Scotland.

The handbook is arranged around regions: London and the South East; South West and Channel Islands; East, West Midlands; East Midlands; Yorkshire; North West; North East; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland. Entries are in numerical order and provide postcode (useful for the SatNav, though there is a mention of ‘good-old-fashioned map reading’ in the section on ‘Using this book’), location and opening information. There is a subtle colour theme for each section but perhaps a footer or header would help with the navigation.

There is a marked improvement in the guide and I look forward to using it to explore ‘new’ properties during the coming year.

National Trust Membership Size

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Waddesdon Manor © David Gill

The membership of the National Trust has now exceeded the five million mark (“National Trust memberships hit new high of five million“, BBC News 23 September 2017). This marks a leap from the numbers for 2016 (see here).

The release also includes the top 10 National Trust sites (for the year up to April 2017): two in Northern Ireland, eight in England, and none from Wales.