Historic Houses Association

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) is a not-for-profit organization representing Britain’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. There are around 1500 Members and about 500 of these open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, weddings and events or even as places to stay. Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Longleat and Burghley House, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, Treowen in Wales and Belle Isle in Northern Ireland. Most are still private family homes.

The Association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation. We help secure their future by:

  • lobbying government to help support the long term sustainability of historic houses
  • providing members with specialist and technical advice on issues such as improving access for those with disabilities or developing educational resources
  • advising historic houses on topics ranging from reducing their carbon footprint to dealing with carpet beetles
  • organizing national training seminars
  • bringing together owners, professional advisers and conservators at networking events to share knowledge and experience
  • giving financial and administrative support to the Heritage Conservation Trust for art restoration grants, educational initiatives and conservation research

The Royal Oak Foundation shares HHA’s passion for the preservation of these significant country homes and is pleased to partner with them.