European Network for Country House and Estate Research

In October 2015 the European Network for Country House and Estate Research ‘ENCOUNTER’ was founded at Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum, Denmark, by a group of European researchers, curators, professionals in the heritage sector and others with an academic interest in the field.

The aim of the network is to form European partnerships between scholars and cultural institutions who share a professional interest in research and interpretation of manor and country house history. It aims to explore and highlight regional variations and notable similarities in the history of castles and manors across Europe from 1500 to the present and will discuss how estates and estate landscapes are preserved and interpreted as cultural heritage today.

Members of the network wish to cross traditional boundaries between history, archaeology, art history, architecture and heritage management and to further international transdisciplinary partnerships between researchers and professionals in universities and museums.


Two great ENCOUNTER events in 2018!


May: Workshop on Castles, Manors and Religion in Trondheim, Norway. Read more.


October: Conference on Managing manorial heritage: scaling and balancing of public and private issues in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Read more.