Knole

The west front of Knole, seen in sunshine in Kent's medieval deer park © John Miller

The west front of Knole, seen in sunshine in Kent's medieval deer park

A big thank you

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s supported our work at Knole over the last two years.

The palace is now windproof and watertight at last. In February 2014, the emergency repairs to stonework, roofing and windows were finally completed. Two years of hard work has paid off and you made it all possible.

This summer, work began on our largest ever renovation at Knole, turning the medieval barn into a world-class Conservation Studio. The barn's historic roof was carefully removed, timber by timber. The conservation team will use this studio to preserve Knole's fragile collection and in the future visitors can look in on their conservation work.

But we still need your help to finish the studio. Please donate today so we can protect Knole's collection for future generations.

You've saved six centuries of history...

Wonder at our latest archaeological find under floorboards in the attics © Martin Havens

Wonder at our latest archaeological find under floorboards in the attics

We got closer to an ancient secret, hidden in the fabric of the palace at Knole. Our experts crawled into spaces covered up for centuries, and found intriguing ‘witchmarks’ carved into the ancient timbers. These may have been made to protect James I against evil spirits.

Visiting during the works

During the programme, we will:

  • Keep the Showrooms open to visitors (wherever possible)
  • Remove the collections from the Showrooms, sending most to the new studios to be conserved
  • Peel back some wall coverings and floorboards, recording what we find and refurbishing the rooms
  • Reveal to visitors the construction of Knole, a hugely complex building which has never been fully investigated
  • Present each room in a new way as it is emptied, to give visitors new experiences and insights into Knole

Why we still need your help

Textiles in the Spangled Bedroom at Knole 

Textiles in the Spangled Bedroom at Knole

The Conservation Studio
The construction of a conservation studio will give us space to begin work on the internal structure and the house collection, as well as providing a unique new experience for visitors.
During the renovations, we’ll begin to open up new areas of the house to visitors, and from 2019 you'll be able to see some of the fascinating larger collection items that take years to restore, like the state beds.

Why we still need your help

We’ve still got a lot of work to do in some of the rooms at Knole 

We’ve still got a lot of work to do in some of the rooms at Knole

The show rooms inside Knole will continue to undergo restoration and conservation work – from basics like rewiring to bigger changes like installing conservation heating for the artworks and textiles. We’ll also be replacing and mending ceiling panels and flooring as well as continuing to work on the collection itself.
Lastly, some of the rooms will be altered quite significantly to reflect their historic use or layout and we’ll be opening up new areas such as the long gallery, the attic, servant spaces and the Gatehouse Tower.