Events and Resources

The project outputs, inspired and guided by Gooday’s research, are being developed for and in conjunction with our three partner houses, Cragside, Lotherton Hall and Standen, which you can find out more about here. – We also envision that more houses and other heritage organisations with an interest in the history of electrical technologies may want to participate if the scope of the project expands in the future.

Between now and May 2016 we are working to produce a range of different events and resources, which will include:

  • family workshops
  • public lectures
  • leaflet trails to guide visitors to country houses around historical electrical points of interest
  • a set of custom animations for Cragside
  • training packs for country house staff and volunteers,
  • a short film for Lotherton Hall,
  • a digital interactive resource for schools to tell the story of electrification by combining the narratives of all three houses,
    and even a musical theatre production!

In producing resources for schools we hope to promote country houses as venues for learning about science and technology, placed in their domestic contexts, as well as art and history. Thus it is our hope that Key Stage 2 teachers keen to engage with cross-curricular learning activities will be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to address scientific and technological topics within a historical context.


The project has been funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement grant, connected to the earlier Domesticating Electricity grant, with further funding provided by the University of Leeds. To see a full list of the people involved in this project, please click here.

For more information, or if you would like to get involved through your school, museum, local history group, or other heritage organisation, please contact Michael Kay at M.A.Kay@leeds.ac.uk.