Shandy Hall is in the care of the Trustees of the Laurence Sterne Trust (Registered Charity No. 529593) where it has been for the last 35 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 fascinating building which needs constant care and attention to maintain. The Trustees have recently managed to secure grant-aid from English Heritage which has helped with vital repair work - but the maintenance bills continue to rise. 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.
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.
We are currently trying to source funding for a number of projects:
2010 - A wildlife pond in the quarry garden which will be used for future education work.
2011 - A new roof for the gallery.
2012 - Precious Cargo. As part of the 'Stories of the World' project, Shandy Hall will be mounting an exhibition on the story of Sterne's relationship with Eliza Draper.
If you are not able to offer financial assistance, please consider volunteering. Donations of books or good quality bric-à-brac that we can sell in our shop are always welcome.
Our greatest thanks to our benefactors past and present, including: 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.