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Showing roofing work at Shandy HallShandy Hall is in the care of the Trustees of the Laurence Sterne Trust (Registered Charity No. 529593) where it has been for the last 48 years. The Trust relies on the income generated by visitors to the house and gardens and on grants and donations from a variety of different sources. We need your help to continue to preserve this old and fascinating building which needs ongoing care and attention. The Trustees secured grant-aid from English Heritage which helped with vital repair work – but maintenance bills continue. Maintenance of the building is essential as Shandy Hall is the focus of all of the Laurence Sterne Trust’s activities.

We have recently been in receipt of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable the collection to be secured for the future and we have been able to link this purchase with a number of education projects. Our ever-expanding education programme has benefited children from primary schools as well as students from local universities. The experience of learning in such surroundings is unique and valued by both teacher and pupil. Support our Education Projects by contacting the Trust’s curator.

Talks are available on all aspects of Laurence Sterne, Shandy Hall and the Gardens. Book these for your group or organisation by contacting the curator.

The garden is an important part of the attraction of Shandy Hall – all managed by volunteers. Work on the garden takes place all year round and the Trust is grateful to Chris Pearson for her dedication in maintaining it. Any help – practical assistance (or funds) would be gratefully received. Gardening experience is desirable, but not essential, as there are a variety of jobs, such as sweeping paths and collecting twigs, for which it is not required.

The collection at Shandy Hall contains book, prints and paintings – mainly from the 18th century but increasingly modern interpretations that relate to either Sterne or his use of non-linear narrative. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided funding for the purchase of the original drawings of Martin Rowson’s graphic novel of Tristram Shandy and we are keen to continue to reflect Sterne’s influence on contemporary work. If you would like to donate to the collection or offer help towards future purchases, please contact the Trust.

Our greatest thanks to our benefactors past and present, including: Arts Council England; North York Moors National Park; Heritage Lottery Fund; English Heritage; Raymond Burton Foundation; Turner and Townsend; Pidem Trust; Carstairs Trust; Renaissance Yorkshire; Fentimans of Newcastle and a number of anonymous donations for individual projects.

The photographs on this website have been kindly supplied by: Chris Pearson, Marion Frith, Elinor Camille-Wood, Simon Morris and David Andrew and should not be re-used without permission.