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In October 2015 the European Network for Country House and Estate Research ENCOUNTER was founded at Gammel Estrup The Danish Manor Museum, Denmark, by a group of European researchers, curators, professionals in the heritage sector and others with an academic interest in the field.

The aim of the network is to form European partnerships between scholars and cultural institutions who share a professional interest in research and interpretation of manor and country house history. It aims to explore and highlight regional variations and notable similarities in the history of castles and manors across Europe from 1500 to the present and will discuss how estates and estate landscapes are preserved and interpreted as cultural heritage today.

Members of the network wish to cross traditional boundaries between history, archaeology, art history, architecture and heritage management and to further international transdisciplinary partnerships between researchers and professionals in universities and museums.

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From 5th to 7th October 2018 the Chair of Heritage Studies was hosting The 4th ENCOUNTER conference "Managing Manorial Heritage: Scaling and Balancing Public and Private Issues". The conference was focused on the issues of safeguarding, maintaining and management of manor houses in today's Europe, which pose both a more and more challenging task and new chances for the manorial heritage.

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Download the programme of The 4th ENCOUNTER conference