Our work

Ickworth Lives

Who's the boss in this kitchen?

Who's the boss in this kitchen?

In 2008 we were lucky enough to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Wolfson Foundation, Biffa Award, Suffolk County Council Corporate Regeneration Fund, The Worshipful Company of Grocers, The Scarfe Foundation and many other generous donors from all walks of life to restore our Rotunda basement as part of a project called Ickworth Lives, which returned the basement to how it was in 1910 and tells the stories of the servants who lived and worked on this grand estate in the 20th century. 

  • Join in

    For Ickworth lives to really come to life, we need you. Volunteer at Ickworth and join the fun.

  • Living history

    Visit one of our many living history days in the basement and discover the servants' secrets.

  • Fun workshops

    Spend a day with the living history cooks making a few treats for you and your family.

  • Somewhere for the senior servants’ to relax at Ickworth © Philip Mynott


    In the basement you can really explore, touch, feel and play with everything, it's great fun.

Walled garden

Beyond the church, you'll find remnants of an 18th-century walled garden designed by Ickworth's First Earl. His summer-house and ornamental canal survive today. Don't miss the view beyond the lake towards the Rotunda.

Conservation outside

Conservation is a very important aspect of maintaining our grounds. We've  lots of areas which need careful management in order that we can preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

Conservation inside

While the rangers and their team are busy in the park, there are never-ending jobs that need doing inside the house by the conservation team. There are many challenges that crop up from all directions so they work very hard.

Meet the rangers

The rangers at Ickworth who look after this grand estate © Elizabeth Thomas

Our ranger team is headed up by Senior ranger Dee Gathorne-Hardy. They are a small team but managing a massive task in order to keep this glorious grade 2 listed parkland in good condition both for long term conservation and for you to enjoy on a daily basis. We asked Dee about his role at Ickworth.

The Victorian stumpery

Hard at work creating the stumpery © Ray Dale

Our Victorian style stumpery extends the full length of the Italianate garden. Last year the gardeners planted a wide variety of ferns and other shade loving plants and it's going to be wonderful watching this area really come into its own in 2013