Stamford Estate Office Archive Project at Dunham Massey

Maps and plans, Dunham Massey

We’re working hard on a new project to unlock the potential of Dunham Massey’s archives. The Stamford Estate Office Archive Project is studying, protecting and arranging estate management records – revealing new discoveries about Dunham and its social history.

What’s going on?

The Stamford Estate Office Archive Project is working to catalogue over 100 boxes of archival material and over 1,000 maps and plans relating to management of the wider Dunham estate. This work will stabilise the condition of material, improve access and increase knowledge about the history of Dunham Massey. The project will run from 2019–2021 with an aim to deposit a proportion of material on long-term loan with the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

Why is this happening?

The National Trust acquired Dunham Massey Hall and Estate in 1976 at the generous bequest of Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford. Included within this were thousands of undocumented pages of paper from the Stamford Estate Office: the place where Roger managed his business. As well as lacking detailed information on their content, some of these papers were damaged by a flood and require conservation work.

The archive was previously stored at various locations, but largely at the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham. In 2017 this historic archive, and more recent papers relating to estate management by the National Trust since 1976, were removed to allow for office refurbishment. To realise the full potential of these records, they require arrangement to restore order, conservation to stabilise material and documentation to improve knowledge on content.

How can I get involved?

You can contact Fiona Doran, Project Archivist, via email on to find out more about upcoming opportunities or with any other queries relating to the project.

If you are visiting the house, you can also find us in the Project Room and see how the project is progressing. Project Room opening days will vary so please check before visiting if you are interested in seeing the project in action.