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.
For Ickworth lives to really come to life, we need you. Volunteer at Ickworth and join the fun.
Visit one of our many living history days in the basement and discover the servants' secrets.
Spend a day with the living history cooks making a few treats for you and your family.
In the basement you can really explore, touch, feel and play with everything, it's great fun.
Meet the rangers
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
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