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Burton Constable Hall evolved over centuries to become the vast hall that we know and love today. Telling the story of this great house and the families who have lived in it, and caring for its vast and varied collections, creates a challenging and fascinating task for the people who work and volunteer here.

This blog follows the work of the curator of Burton Constable to explore more of the work that goes in to revealing the past of a great English Country House. Take a closer look to discover the new and painstaking research of staff, volunteers and visiting researchers as we explore the twists and turns that have made the Hall all that it is today, and to make accessible the knowledge held about the house and its collections.

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Tue 6 Apr 2021
As if you needed further reason to come and visit us this year, but just in case you did...
Mon 22 Mar 2021
The stained glass in Burton Constable's chapel has proved something of a mystery for years. With its many repairs, unfamiliar heraldry and unknown origins, it proved a puzzle for University of York student Iona Hart when she began her research on the windows varied history. The story unravelled is a fascinating one, stretching back across a turbulent history and beginning in the distant village of Childrey in Oxfordshire, which was then in Berkshire.
Thu 14 Jan 2021
Even with the Hall's doors closed, life is busy behind the scenes at Burton Constable! One exciting development will see a hidden treasure displayed to the public for the first time.
Thu 7 Jan 2021
In the 18th Century William Constable was working to not only protect his land from flooding, but even to claim back some land for farming that had previously been part of the Humber itself... Our research volunteer Peter Tomkinson has been discovering the history of this fight for land which has shaped so much the East Yorkshire landscape we see today.
Thu 29 Oct 2020
Curator Philippa Wood explores the secrets of the village lost in the landscape at Burton Constable - and how it came to be abandoned.
Thu 22 Oct 2020
Ever wonder about the women who lived in historic country houses? Curator Philippa Wood rediscovers the partnership exhibition that was run by Burton Constable with the Yorkshire Country House Partnership, celebrating 300 years of Women and the Yorkshire Country House.
Thu 1 Oct 2020
Our Curator explores the project to restore Burton Constable's historic Great Drawing Room and Ballroom
Wed 9 Sep 2020
Our curator Philippa Wood explores a past exhibition on the Constable's lost Staffordshire home
Hull, East Yorkshire open space walks attraction
Fri 22 May 2020
The topic of mental health is vast, much like our surroundings here. Our aim is to adjoin the two together for the better.
Thu 30 Apr 2020
A closer insight to how, when & why Burton Constable became a charitable organisation.
Tue 7 Apr 2020
A real-life true story of 'finders keepers', as Hull & Yorkshire folk smuggle & salvage from shipwrecks.
Wed 18 Mar 2020
Repercussions of the Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780 on Burton Constable Hall
Lightoler Architectural Drawing of Burton Constable
Thu 20 Feb 2020
Timothy Lightoler trained from an early age as a carpenter and joiner. His journey from these humble origins to his later status as "the gentleman and farmer's architect" is a fascinating story.
Tue 26 Nov 2019
William and Winifred - the Hidden Meanings of a Masterpiece
Mon 11 Nov 2019
A Look at the Life of a Country Gentleman
Thu 8 Aug 2019
A History of the Chapel - and the threats that face it
Wed 19 Jun 2019
A look at Burton Constable's transformation in the 18th Century - and why it turned white!
Tue 18 Jun 2019
Difficult Women: Winifred Constable
Did you know?
Over 80 different species of birds have been spotted at Burton Constable, from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest, to large birds of prey such as Buzzards and Barn Owls

The Burton Constable Whale is featured in Herman Melville's famous novel Moby Dick. 

Today the Burton Constable Whale is nicknamed 'Constable Moby'

Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses