Network activities and initiatives

The network facilitates meetings, seminars and conferences about different themes on the field of manorial and country house studies.

The network produces applications for larger-scale activities such as common research and education projects, heritage projects, public initiatives and other common interests of the network

The members of the network share updates on network activities and news. To join the mailing list or suggest updates of interest to network members please contact The Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies.

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Next ENCOUNTER conferences and seminars:


Norway, Trondheim: May 3rd-4th

Theme: Castles, Manors and Religion

Call for papers and registration


Germany, Frankfurt (Oder): Preliminary date 05th-07th October 2018.

Theme: Managing manorial heritage: scaling and balancing of public and private issues.

See Call for Papers



The Netherlands, Groningen


UK, Bangor – Wales


Sweden, Uppsala

More detailed information will follow closer to the events



Previous meetings


Denmark 2017:

From September 21st to 23rd 2017 The Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies hosted the conference A Manorial World arranged by the network as part of the Aarhus European Capital of Culture celebrations. The conference brought together more than 60 curators, academics, architects and heritage professionals with the aim of expanding and clarifying the notion of manors and country houses as European cultural heritage and presented some of the most distinguished experts from seven European countries in the Great Hall at Gammel Estrup – itself a unique manor house with local, national and international significance.  Download programme and conference brochure (pdf) The Danish Minister for Culture opened the conference. Download speech (pdf).



UK 2016

The second ENCOUNTER workshop was successfully completed after two days of interesting presentations and discussions about the Nordic Country House at King’s Manor in York on the 20th and 21th September 2016.

The workshop was hosted by the University of York and brought together academics and curators from across Northern Europe to discuss the changing role of the country house in the cultural and economic networks between Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

One of the themes discussed was the physical, social and ideological landscape of the country houses in different national, regional and historical contexts. A second theme presented a number of interesting examples from museums and heritage projects concerning restoration of landscapes, buildings and interiors and the dissemination of the life in the country houses. Last but not least the workshop also themed the economic and organizational challenges for the country houses and the cultural heritage today.

The workshop gave an inspiring input for the participants and the ENCOUNTER network members for the further work with research, conservation and dissemination of the Northern European Country House

Click here for more information.

Denmark, 2015:

From 6th to 7th October 2015 Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum hosted the international conference ‘European Encounters. Estates and Landscapes’. The central theme of the conference was the estate and the manorial landscape. The conference examined the physical, social and symbolic interaction of the house, gardens and estate lands in a historical perspective. It explored similarities and differences in regions across Europe and discussed how estate landscapes are preserved and interpreted as cultural heritage today. Crossing traditional boundaries between history, archaeology, art history, architecture and heritage management, the conference programme presented acclaimed scholars and participants from a number of European countries. Conference ReportConference Programme.

The group of 40 participants welcomed the opportunity to learn about and compare estate landscapes from different parts of Europe, and to share the common interest in houses, estates and landscapes. The conference concluded with the formation of ‘ENCOUNTER: European Network for Country House and Estate Research’ among the conference participants.