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Sulgrave Manor is owned, maintained and operated by an independent charitable trust, The Sulgrave Manor Trust. It exists solely on the income generated through its activities and the support of its donors.
As an accredited museum housed in a Grade I listed building there are always pressing conservation requirements. Thanks to your support we can continue to preserve, conserve and develop our collections and property for our visitors to enjoy.
Sulgrave Manor is open to the public from April to October.
Clive Preston, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, has had a lifetime of financial experience in both commerce and his own private practice. Brought up on a farm on the Claydon estate, he studied Geology at Oxford, worked in Australia before returning to qualify with one of the big four accountancy practices.
As a former trustee of the Buckinghamshire Historic Buildings Trust as well as the accountant to several other charities, he has had wide experience of the charitable sector and was persuaded by a former Chairman and Trustee of Sulgrave Manor to bring greater financial acumen to the trust following the disposal of his practice and a move to a neighbouring village to Sulgrave.
Working closely with the chief executive this has been achieved in the last four years and he has been actively involved in developing plans for the future, as well as the Trusts financial survival over the difficult Covid 19 period. Being the Trustee living closest to the Manor, he both helps in the Manor’s garden and liaises with the village Parish council
Dr Sam Edwards is a Reader in History at Manchester Metropolitan University where he researches and teaches American history. Sam grew up in eastern England where he developed a fascination for the history and heritage of the US 8th Air Force, which was based in the region during World War II. This, in turn, has led him to explore the long history of US-UK connections, from memorials to the Pilgrim Fathers, to the details of presidential ancestry, to the unobtrusive markers recording distant transatlantic ties to be found in country churches.
He is delighted to be supporting the important work of the Sulgrave Manor Trust, George Washington's ancestral home and an outpost of American history nestled deep in rural Northamptonshire.
Sam is a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
We are now open for the season on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, from 10.30am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) until Sunday 30th October 2022.
We are taking bookings for wedding and events for 2023 and beyond. Contact us for more information.
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