Dyrham appeal

An impressive facade hides structural issues and dated heating systems © Rob Auckland

An impressive facade hides structural issues and dated heating systems

We need your help

The Dyrham Park you see today is not a time capsule of 17th-century life. Its buildings, gardens and collection of artwork tell the story of successive generations of ambition, success, loss, construction and destruction.

Vital repair work is now needed at Dyrham to ensure these stories live on for future generations and we need your support in order to get started.

With your help we’ll be able to protect the structure of Dyrham and improve the experience for future visitors. Securing the fabric of the building will help Dyrham’s people and their stories come to life.

Where your money will go

Examining the roof at Dyrham Park © NT/Chris Lacey

Examining the roof at Dyrham Park

Proofing the building against the elements
Our immediate priority is to make the building watertight by repairing the roof and upper walls. The lead from the roof (which was last repaired in the late 1800s) will be taken off, melted down and recycled so it can be laid back on the roof. This will make it more resilient and should mean it lasts another 150 years. A lot of the stonework at roof level is also failing so we’ll be fixing this and replacing it with new stone where necessary.

Where your money will go

The new biomass boiler will regulate the temperature around our collections © Chris Lacey

The new biomass boiler will regulate the temperature around our collections

Caring for the collection and the environment
Leaking roof slates and stonework aren’t just bad news for the structure of Dyrham. One of the major challenges with displaying artwork and tapestries in a building of this age is maintaining a stable environment inside. We’ll replace the obsolete oil boiler with a new biomass boiler, which will be stored in a separate building and will run a conservation heating system. This will regulate the temperature and humidity within the main house to create the right environment for the collection.

How you can help

  • Donate £15 and we can buy two bags of 300 copper clout nails to fix the slates to the roof. We need 16,000 nails in total.
  • Donate £36 and we'll be able to buy five Welsh slates. 8,000 slates are needed to repair the entire roof.
  • Donate £75 and we can buy a piece of Bath stone for chimney repairs
  • Donate £120 and we could pay for a sheet of sand-cast lead for the roof
  • Donate £500 and we can convert an existing radiator to conservation (humidity) control

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