Dyrham appeal

An impressive facade hides structural issues and dated heating systems  © Rupert Truman

An impressive facade hides structural issues and dated heating systems

We need your help

Three hundred years of history, including priceless Dutch artwork and ceramics, are under threat from damp conditions. Dyrham Park's mansion and its contents won’t survive without major conservation work – that's why your support is vital.

Thanks to generous donations, we can replace the oil-fired boiler, which is a fire risk, with a new biomass boiler, to protect the precious collection inside. We can also make structural repairs in the Orangery with the new roof access.

But we still need your support to raise the £3.8 million required for completing the mansion's roof. Scaffolding is due to go up early in 2015, but to save this 17th-century gem, Dyrham Park needs donations from supporters like you.

Where your money will go

Examining the roof at Dyrham Park © NT/Chris Lacey

Examining the roof at Dyrham Park

With your help we can fix Dyrham Park's roof and safeguard its precious collection of paintings, furniture and tapestries, which is currently at risk. Water ingress causes serious damage to historic collections, so patching up the leaky, 150-year-old roof is no longer an option.  The work requires 8,000 new slate tiles and 22 tons of recast lead panels, and we can't do it without you.

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

Leaking roof slates and stonework aren’t just bad news for the structure of Dyrham Park. One of the major challenges with displaying artwork and tapestries in a building of this age is maintaining a stable environment inside. We can now 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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