Herregaardskortet.dk was launched in 2017 for the purpose of disseminating the manorial landscape of the Central Denmark Region. The website contains descriptions of 183 manors and country houses in the Region. 15 of these are thematic accounts of specially selected topics. These case studies themes provide a comprehensive, varied and balanced description of the Region’s manors, and contain in-depth articles and pictures of 15 specific aspects of the long, rich history of manors and country houses in the Region.


The gate of Nørre Vosborg. Photo: Helle Henningsen

The Central Denmark Region has a special opportunity to represent and illustrate the total Danish manorial landscape, not in a biased presentation based on the large estates of ‘East Denmark’, but in an interpretation of the incredible and fascinating variety, which Denmark’s manors and country houses did, and still do offer.


From the crop-producing fields of Djursland with vast estates and large country houses in the east, to the open landscape of the west coast where manors became few and far apart, manors were a fundamental institution in society. East and west are the outer points of the region in more than just the geographical sense. We may also get a sense of the social distance between the gilded halls of the county of Scheel in Djursland and the humble conditions of the sock-makers and moorland farmers at Herningsholm Manor.


Lynderupgård. Photo: Bent Olsen.

In other words, the case studies describe not only the influence of the landscape on manufacturing and living conditions, but also the impact of the major manufacturers and operators on that landscape.


We have carefully selected and devised the thematic descriptions in collaboration with museums throughout the Central Denmark Region: Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum, Holstebro Museum, Lemvig Museum, Viborg Museum, the Museum of Central Jutland, Museum Silkeborg, Odder Museum, the Museum of East Jutland and Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum have all contributed descriptions of manors within their areas.


Employees of the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies (DCH) have contributed case studies descriptions on the basis of their specialist areas, and have written all presentations of the manors in the Region with pictures and descriptions of their history, buildings, surroundings and owners.


European Encounter is the English title of the project, which from 2014 to 2017 has been the main focus of the contribution of the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies to the cultural festival Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture. In addition to this website, the project involves the establishment of a European network of researchers, curators and experts at museums and universities, ENCOUNTER, and a number of events at Gammel Estrup – the Manor Museum and at manors and country houses across the Central Denmark Region and Europe.


The website Herregaardskortet.dk is the latest contribution to the ambition of the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies Research to offer interpretation of the distribution and history of Danish the manors, and is closely associated with the work of presenting the distribution of manors in Denmark at different times in history.



Herregården Aakær syd for Odder. Foto: Ole Laasby, Odder Museum

The picture on the home page shows the manor house landscape at Aakær, south of Odder. The photo was taken by Ole Laasby and has been kindly provided for the project by the photographer and Odder Museum.

The background image shows Central Jutland in a section of an Academy of Sciences map from c. 1800. The map has been made available on the Historiske Kort på Nettet website by the Agency for Data Security and Efficiency

The descriptions of the manor houses on the map were devised by the history students, Kasper Lynge Tipsmark and Søren Broberg Knudsen at the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies.

The thematic accounts of manor houses were devised by the museums mentioned above, and the authors of the individual articles are credited.


The project is supported by the Central Denmark Region and the Aarhus 2017 Foundation.

The Danish Centre for Manor House Research bears no responsibility for incorrect or incomplete information.