The Historic Buildings Parks & Gardens Event 2018 – Visitors

Entrance to this major heritage conservation day is FREE OF CHARGE.

There is an all-day comprehensive exhibition of 75 trade stands offering a wide and diverse range of products and services. The exhibition will be of interest to anyone involved in the care, upkeep, repair, restoration and conservation of historic buildings, their contents and associated landscapes.

From the traditional to cutting-edge technology, the exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to gather information and to discuss such issues as building conservation and repair, carpet restoration, computer systems, estate management, gates, gilding, glasshouses, insurance, interior decoration, ironwork, terracotta, textiles, windows and even vehicles and visitor attractions.

By kind permission of Historic Houses (subject to seating availability), you will also be able to listen to both a morning and afternoon address by their guest speakers. The 2018 speakers will be announced later in the year past speakers are shown below.

(FREE ADMISSION is available only to those who are either owners of historic buildings or who are involved in the upkeep, restoration or conservation of historic buildings, their contents or associated landscapes.)


Event Information

Who can attend

The Event has had a consistently high attendance record which, for each of the past ten years, has exceeded 1,200. The Event attracts owners and guardians of historic buildings (private, commercial and industrial), parks and gardens – their management staff, their professional advisers and a range of professionals who either purchase or influence the purchase of the great variety of products and services needed and used by this important and developing market sector. The Event is not open to the general public. Attendance is by invitation only.

To pre-register for FREE admission please, click here.

Below are the speakers from last years event. The 2018 Historic Houses guest speakers will be announced shortly.

For a full list of previous guest speakers and lecturers please click here

Historic Houses Guest Speaker


Loyd Grossman CBE is an entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster with a long involvement in museums and heritage. He is Chairman of The Royal Parks, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, Deputy Chair of the Royal Drawing School and President of NADFAS. Loyd was born in Boston and educated at Boston University, the London School of Economics and Magdalene College, Cambridge. A former Commissioner of English Heritage and of the Museums and Galleries Commission, he is an Emeritus Governor of the LSE, a member of the Council of the British School at Rome and a member of the board of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Loyd is a Liveryman of the Carpenters’ Company, an Honorary Liveryman of the Glaziers’ Company and Master of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries and plays guitar in a rock band who have made six appearances at Glastonbury.

Historic Houses/Savills Lecture


Jonathan grew up in North Yorkshire, read English at Cambridge, trained as a barrister, and then moved into the investment world, setting up Ruffer LLP in 1994. In 2012, he purchased Jacob and his Twelve Sons, a series of paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbaran, as well as 900 year-old Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, where they had been housed for more than 25 years. Determined to keep the paintings for the people of the North East and to allow them access to the Castle, which had previously served as a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham, Jonathan established The Auckland Castle Trust. The charity is now working to transform Auckland Castle into an arts, faith and heritage destination of international significance.

Historic Houses/Savills Lecture


Julie Kenny is a successful South Yorkshire based entrepreneur. Following the sale in 2016 of award winning Pyronix Limited which she built from start up in 1986, Julie continues her involvement in serving business and local communities and currently holds several trustee/patron positions for diverse charitable organisations. Julie is a Commissioner at Rotherham Council: Chair of Maltby Learning Trust; a director of Sheffield City Region LEP; Non-Executive Director with Robson Handling Technology and Non-Executive Chair of UK Commission for Employment and Skills which ceased trading on 31.03.2107 and is currently undergoing closure process for Government.