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The Burton Constable Foundation

Burton Constable, the home of the Constable family for over 700 years, is one of the most fascinating country houses to survive with its historic collections. This large Elizabethan mansion and its surrounding parkland is now a museum owned by the Burton Constable Foundation, a charity whose mission is to safeguard Burton Constable for future generations.

In order to secure Burton Constable’s long-term future, the Burton Constable Foundation was established in 1992, following negotiations between the Chichester-Constable family, the National Heritage Memorial Fund (which purchased the property and provided a generous endowment) and Leeds City Council (where the museum staff had many years of experience in looking after country houses). Burton Constable and its parkland now belong to the Burton Constable Foundation, although descendants of the family still own the surrounding agricultural estate and continue to occupy the south wing of the house.