Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Country Houses and the British Empire: How Imperialism Transformed Britain’s Colonial Countryside

University of Leicester and National Lottery Heritage Fund

This online course investigated the fascinating histories of Britain’s colonial houses and their links to the British Empire. It explored the latest historical research which shows the deep, complex interrelations between colonial houses and the British Empire. This course looked at the roots and reach of the British empire, and examined country houses and the objects they contain to see how Britain influenced and was influenced by the countries that it colonised.

6 weeks, 2 hours per week

Professor Corinne Fowler

Director of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted

University of Leicester


Learning outcomes

  • Identify objects with complex connections to colonialism, and how these can be connected to different aspects of the British Empire.
  • Summarise Britain’s involvement in transatlantic slavery and the legacies that can be found in historic houses.
  • Reflect on how enslaved labour was used to produce goods for a European market, in particular the colonial significance of sugar, mahogany and cotton.
  • Describe the East India Company, the British Raj and British power and influence in India.
  • Explore archival evidence of African and Indian people on country estates between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, and how these figures are often depicted negatively in archival sources.
  • Demonstrate how contemporary art can be a way of restoring dignity to those who never got to record and convey their own experiences.


  • Week 1: Introduction to British country houses’ connections with empire.
  • Week 2: Transatlantic slavery, the British slavery business and its impact on British country houses.
  • Week 3: The Atlantic World: Commodities and goods and their continual presence in country houses.
  • Week 4: The relation between Britain and India, including the East India Company and the British Raj.
  • Week 5: African and Indian people in rural Britain and their presence in British country houses.
  • Week 6: Presenting histories of empire in British country houses.

Issued on 15th November 2021

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Free online course:

Country Houses and the British Empire: How Imperialism Transformed Britain’s Colonial Countryside

University of Leicester