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Karey Draper

Karey Draper

The development of temporary wartime buildings in Britain during the 20th century

The wartime history of the country estate

Prefabrication in the First and Second World Wars


Just completed PhD thesis (September 2017): Wartime Huts: The Development, Typology and Identification of Temporary Military Buildings in Britain 1914-1945. Currently working as a Research Associate (Queens' College) and part of a collaborative research project run by the Paul Mellon Centre entitled 'Art in the British Country House: Collection and Display.'

Research Interests

Temporary wartime construction in Britain; the wartime history of the country house. 

Key Publications

  • Proceedings of the First Conference of the Construction History Society, April 2014.
  • The Country House in Wartime: Contributions of Britain’s Historic Houses and Consequences of Wartime Requisition,’ Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens 2015. 
  • 'The Military Hutting Programme in Britain during the Second World War: a brief survey of development, uses and building materials,' Studies in the History of Construction: The Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Construction History Society, March 2015. 
  • 'Building for War: examples of temporary structures designed for wartime use in Britain,' Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of the Construction History Society, June 2015. 
  • 'A Tale of Two Brothers: The Stopford Sackvilles of Drayton House and the First World War,' Northamptonshire Past and Present, October 2016. 
  • 'Doors in Early English Published Books on Architecture and Building Construction 1550-1800,' 6th International Congress on Construction History, Forthcoming: Summer 2018. (Co-authored with James W.P. Campbell)

 Invited Talks

  • 'The Country House in Wartime: case studies of country estates modified for use during the Second World War.' Lecture given at Holkham Hall, Norfolk, April 2015. 
  • 'Sanctuary to Stronghold: Lilford and other Northamptonshire country estates during World War II.' Lecture given to members of the Oundle Historical Society, May 2015. 
  • 'Northamptonshire Country Houses at War.' Lecture given at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire, June 2015. 


  • Kettle's Yard Fund (2015)
  • Wolfson College Grant (2015)
  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain PhD Scholarship