Temporary Exhibitions

Home Improvements

The development of the English Country House

13 July to 14 March 2020

Mention “country houses” to most people in this country and the chances are they will imagine something along the lines of Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs or Brideshead Revisited - the Victorian and Edwardian golden age of shooting parties and croquet on the lawn. However, the country house was more than a place of entertainment; it was a symbol of power which has its origins in medieval baronial allegiances.


This new exhibition looks at a few of the changes to the English country house over the past seven centuries and details the history of some of the local power houses in the Borough of Runnymede.