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Member services

The HHA offers a wide range of services to its Full Members, not only to the 500 or so houses, castles and gardens that are open to the public at some time in the year, but also to the 1,000 member houses whose particular circumstances are not conducive to opening.

The owners of those non-open houses also make a passionate and substantial commitment to the long term stewardship of many historic houses, together with their contents and surrounding land; otherwise the character, fabric and contents of these houses would be lost.

Services to Full Members include:

  • A voice for and leadership of the privately owned heritage sector in Westminster, Whitehall, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Brussels and in the media
  • Monitoring and lobbying action on a wide range of prospective legislation at European, national, regional and local level, on such diverse matters as tourism, planning, conservation, health and safety, litigation and compensation, gift aid, and of course tax
  • A wide range of technical advice on subjects as varied as fire regulations, business rates and Council Tax, intellectual property, planning controls, the Licensing Act, filming and moth damage. Many members have commented that one piece of advice from the HHA team can save their subscription several times over
  • Expert first line tax advice from the professionals of Saffery Champness, a leading accountancy firm specialising in private client work, in many cases of significantly greater value than the annual HHA subscription
  • First line advice on security, free of charge, from the UK’s principal country house security experts, and discounted rates on bespoke security reviews of individual houses
  • Tailor made advice to members considering projects in education or extending access
  • First line advice on the application of the disabilities legislation
  • Professional advice on handling media enquiries - press, radio and TV
  • The provision of seminars for all Full Members, covering topics such as marketing, gardens, security and climate change
  • A unique network of like-minded owners with similar experiences, to share best practice and knowledge of good sources of advice and craftsmanship. This network also meets with professionals, senior local or regional officials of public bodies and agencies.

How to join us

If you are the owner of a listed property with an affinity with the principles and objectives of the HHA, and these services are relevant to your particular needs, then find out more about becoming a Full Member of the HHA.

If you are not an owner of a historic house, you can still support the objectives of the HHA and enjoy beneficial access to some 300 HHA Member houses, by becoming a Friend of the HHA. Find out more about Friends' Membership.