Friends Membership Scheme
The Friends of the HHA, formed in 1980, is an important group within the Association. It is made up of individuals and families who, in recognition of their support, are offered free access during normal opening hours to hundreds of historic houses and gardens which are owned by Members of the Association and open regularly to the public.
There are currently more houses and gardens within the HHA Friends Scheme than owned by the National Trust and English Heritage put together and the opportunity to visit all these properties, free of charge, represents excellent value for money. The Friends Scheme intends for our Friends to visit a wide selection of properties so if you are planning to visit one particular property on a regular basis, it may be more appropriate to purchase their season ticket, if available.
Additional benefits of Friends Membership include:
- Copies of the HHA's quarterly magazine Historic House and its special Supplement
- Our annual booklet of Member Properties within the Friends free access scheme
- Opportunities to join special regional tours to properties, often not normally open to the public, which are organised by our volunteer Regional Friends Representatives
- Invitations to attend the Annual General Meeting and HHA/Smiths Gore Lecture
- Opportunities to attend occasional social events for Friends in some individual Regions and the annual Hugh Shirreff Lecture