Harlaxton Manor, the British campus of the University of Evansville

The Masculinities in the British Landscapes Conference will be hosted by Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville (Indiana, USA.)

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Harlaxton Manor was begun in 1832 by Gregory Gregory with architects Anthony Salvin, William Burn and David Bryce in a mixture of neo-Jacobean, neo-Elizabethan and neo-Baroque styles. The main manor was completed in the 1850s. As described by Mark Girouard in his classic book, The Victorian Country House, ‘Harlaxton must be seen to be believed and even when one has seen it, it is not always easy to believe it.’

The Manor passed through many owners after Gregory Gregory’s death and saw various uses and functions: a trench warfare school operated in the grounds during WWI; the 1st Battalion of the British Airborne Division was in residence 1942-1943; the Manor operated as a Jesuit novice centre from the 1950s to the 1960s (converting the Great Hall into a chapel).

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The University of Evansville has operated a study abroad programme at the Manor since 1971, and since 1986 has owned the Manor and grounds outright following a generous gift from trustee Dr William Ridgway.

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Harlaxton Manor will host both the conference as well as the delegates, providing room and board at a cost inclusive to the conference fee. (Day rates will also be available to those wishing to stay outside the Manor.) Harlaxton College is easily reached from London airports as well as West Midlands and Manchester Airports, and is a short taxi ride from the East Coast Main Line station at Grantham. The Conference will include an outing to nearby Belton House as well as tours of Harlaxton Manor and grounds itself.

The Conference itself will be held within two of the state rooms at Harlaxton Manor, the Dining Room and either the Gold or Morning Rooms.

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The State Dining Room, the main Conference room

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The Gold Room

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The Morning Room

However, there is much more to Harlaxton than the Conference rooms, so make certain to explore areas like the Conservatory, the Long Gallery, and the beautiful grounds.

Meals will be provided by the College, though there are options in the area if you’d like to explore the fine country pubs nearby. The Gregory Arms, a nineteenth century pub and hostelry built by the family who built Harlaxton Manor, is located just at the edge of the Manor’s property, a leisurely mile walk down a private lane. Further afield you can find the Chequers Inn at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir (also a B&B), the pub and restaurant at The Manners Arms Hotel in Knipton, The Windmill Inn in Redmile, and The Marquis of Granby in Northgate in Sleaford to name only a few. The nearby town of Grantham offers a wide variety of restaurants and pubs. Finally, just up the road at Barrowby is the fine village pub The White Swan – no food served, but well-kept pints on the cask.

Parking can be provided at Harlaxton, and area taxi companies are also familiar with the Manor. If pre-booked, Street Cars in Grantham (01476 590008) will provide a special flat rate between Grantham and the Manor and vice versa for £6.

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