The European Network for Country House and Estate Research (ENCOUNTER) is a professional network of European researchers, curators and scholars in the heritage sector and others with an academic interest in the field.

Since its foundation in 2015 in Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum (Denmark) the network has facilitated meetings, seminars and conferences about various topics on the field of manorial and country house studies in the field of manorial and country house studies. It has also produced applications for larger-scale activities in research and education, heritage projects, public initiatives and others. Feel free to follow the network on Facebook.

The network aims at:

  • forming European partnerships between scholars and cultural institutions who share a professional interest in research and interpretation of manor and country house history,
  • exploring and highlighting regional variations and notable similarities in the history of castles and manors across Europe from 1500 to the present,
  • discussing how estates and estate landscapes are preserved and interpreted as cultural heritage today.


Steering Group:

  • Arne Bugge Amundsen, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Professor of Cultural History, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Britta Andersen, Museum Director, Gammel Estrup – The Manor Museum. Chairman of the board, The Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies (Denmark)
  • Jonathan Finch, Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies MA in Historical Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of York (United Kingdom)
  • Göran Ulväng, Associate Professor, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Paul Zalewski, Professor for Heritage Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (Germany)
  • Yme Kuiper, Professor, Chair: Historic Country Houses and Landed Estates, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)



Header image: Gammel Estrup, Denmark © Gammel Estrup. The Danish Manor Museum