December of 2019 marked 20 years since the launch of the DiCamillo website. It’s been an amazing and satisfying two decades in so many ways, but the most remarkable accomplishment has been the launch of a new website, which took place throughout 2019. This huge achievement was only made possible by the talented people at Hookson Limited in Edinburgh, who conceived, designed, wrote the code, and beta tested the new site for over a year. In addition, Hookson also brilliantly rebranded The DiCamillo Companion and created our wonderful 20th anniversary logo!
The new site is divided into three main sections: Travel, Lectures, and Houses, the links for which are in the upper left corner of every page. At the bottom of each page are secondary links, primarily a guide to British money and a pronunciation guide to house names.
The website was founded to document every British and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished, and this has consistently remained the core focus of everything we’ve done during the last two decades. During the past 18 months we have committed significant resources to The DiCamillo Database of British & Irish Country Houses. There has been a major upgrade in searchability features, over 700 new house images have been added (over 2,200 houses now have images), and over 3,000 house records have been upgraded and enhanced (there are currently over 6,000 houses listed). In addition, there are 398 houses with documented royal connections and over 850 houses that are listed as filming locations for movies and television. As far as we know, the database remains the only comprehensive listing of these amazing houses anywhere.
As we begin our third decade documenting what I think is one of Britain’s greatest contributions to world culture, it’s important to say Thank You! This project, the proudest achievement of my life, could not have happened without you, the interested and supportive users. Thank you to everybody who has visited the site, come on my tours, and attended my lectures. Your interest in British art, architecture, and history is so very appreciated!