Projects

Ickworth Lives

This exciting project will help you learn about the servants who kept the Ickworth estate running.

Discover what 'upstairs downstairs' domestic life was really like in our innovative displays in the basement.

The sewing circle

The talented sewing circle have been making costumes for the basement

The talented sewing circle have been making costumes for the basement

The sewing circle is a dedicated team of volunteers who help make our costumes. The Georgian outfits pictured are copies of those worn by the Hervey family in the painting by H F B Gravelot in 1750. The sewing circle are now working on costumes as part of Ickworth Lives, helping us bring the stories of Ickworth to life.

Volunteers learning new skills as part of the coppicing workshop © Dom Kiddell

Volunteers learning new skills as part of the coppicing workshop

Coppicing

Coppicing is an ancient and sustainable method of producing timber without the need of replanting and creates a wide range of bio-diversity that's so important for our environment.

The most frequently coppiced species are oak, hazel, ash, willow, field maple and sweet chestnut. There's many examples of ancient coppiced trees in the park.

Geocaching at Ickworth

1,800 acres to explore whilst hunting for your geocache © National Trust

1,800 acres to explore whilst hunting for your geocache

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices.

At Ickworth you can search for any of our four boxes hidden across the estate, write in the log book and post your finding at geocaching.com.

Ickworth Park School geocaches

Can you find one of our geocache boxes in the park? © Elizabeth Thomas

Can you find one of our geocache boxes in the park?

Pupils in years 2, 3 and 4 researched the lives of people who lived and worked on the estate 100 years ago. They made an information booklet to be hidden in the box and chose a gift for finders to keep, linked to the history of the site. A 'travel bug' has been included in each cache and the children will track its progress on the internet as it travels from cache to cache across the world.

Conservation

Conservation both inside and outside is an on-going concern all year which is why we have closed periods.

The team in the house made up of volunteers and staff work tirelessly to ensure that we are for ever for everyone.

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