Dunham Massey: A Woman's Place?

A volunteer welcoming visitors into the house at Dunham Massey

Guided tours- Bed Knobs and Chamber Pots

Explore the bedroom gallery and be ‘privy’ to some of the lesser seen areas of the house including rooms closed off for conservation. Monday-Wednesday throughout August at 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Limited availability, collect a token from visitor reception on the day.

100 years on since some British women were first granted the right to vote, Dunham Massey shines a light on how three women of its past have shaped Dunham’s history. See never before displayed costumes and books as well as contemporary art works as we tell the stories of these remarkable women.

From Lady Mary Booth, the first and only woman to inherit and run the estate, to Penelope Lady Stamford, who as countess made the decision to open the military hospital during the First World War, as well as the silent presence of longstanding housekeeper, Mrs. Isabella Collins. Dunham Massey: A Woman’s Place? raises important questions around women’s places in society, home and at work.

Each woman takes you on a different route around the house. Discover costumes, books and items from Dunham’s collections which together tell the stories of these three extraordinary women. One highlight to look out for includes the recently rediscovered ‘Votes for Women’ Jack-in-the-box in Lady Stamford’s Parlour. There is also an all-female picture hang in the Great Gallery alongside contemporary art works from Women in Print.

Each time you pop into the House, there will be something different to see, hear or to get involved with; from reading and drawing, to watching short films, or taking part in workshops and debates.

Our Women...


Take a look below to see how the House was transformed for Dunham Massey: a Woman’s Place? 

Latest updates

23 Feb 18


Duncan Greig has also been helping us to reinstate the Saloon clock after 2 years of rest. Look out for it when the House opens in March. Time to wake up!

Clock Conservation in Action...

20 Feb 18

Like clockwork...

This week Duncan Greig, our Clock Conservator, visited Dunham to carry out the annual clock service. He's been working on a beautiful white marble mantel clock of Louis XVI design. It's now ticking proudly above the Great gallery fireplace.

Our beautiful white marble mantel clock of Louis XVI design...

15 Feb 18

Hospital Corners...

We have recreated one of the smaller wards known as ‘Headquarters’. Our volunteers have been dressing the beds...making sure to get those hospital corners right. Sister Bennett would be impressed!

Dressing the beds in the ward...