Our work

Why is there scaffolding at Knole?

Repairs continue to make Knole watertight and weatherproof

Repairs continue to make Knole watertight and weatherproof

We are carrying out the biggest building project Knole has experienced in the last 400 years. Our long-term plans to ensure Knole's future and to improve the experience for all our visitors depends on this work.

Our plans

This barn will become the centre for conservation at Knole

Our architects Rodney Melville and Partners have created an exciting set of plans which will enable us to transform Knole.

See the full planning applications

Read about our projects and 5-year plan

Our repairs

Exposed roof timbers at Knole

We are now repairing the window frames, stonework, render, roof timbers and tiles on the south front of Knole following similar work completed on the east front last year.

The reason

Damp on the walls inside Knole

Damp, seeping in through cracked walls and leaking roofs, is a huge problem at Knole as it damages our collections of paintings and textiles. Our 2-year repair project will make the house waterproof.

What's next?

Mould on portrait at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

The wonderful collections at Knole need urgent conservation, but first we must provide more stable environmental conditions in the showrooms by installing new insulation and gentle heating systems.

Conservation work


While the repairs continue, and dust levels are higher, our conservation team monitor and clean the objects in Knole's collections.

See our atmospheric video of the team's work.


A day at Knole

Olivia records the life of Knole

We invited sound engineer Olivia James to record a day in the life of Knole.

Listen to her recording as Knole staff talk about our repair project and undertake their day-to-day duties.

We need your help

The East front, Knole

Without your help we cannot finish our emergency repair work or carry out our long-term plans.

Watch as the Knole team explain the importance of this work.

Find out how you can help