Before smartphones and the internet...
Just inside the first courtyard at Knole, we've opened a new free-entry interactive space: the former Knole estate office. Imagine life before computers and the internet; discover what an early photocopier looks like, or how people used adding machines when we still used pre-decimal money. Sample our oral history interviews: delightful memories of life at Knole in a bygone era. Our exhibition re-opens on 8 March 2014.
Knole estate workers felt like a family
The Estate Office audio experience offers memories of workmen, maids, cooks and bread delivery boys who've shared their early 20th century stories with us. Discover how the large Knole Estate was, and how this family of workers turned their hands to 'almost everything'. Our exhibition re-opens from 8 March 2014, Tuesday - Sunday.
13 years of conservation work
Volunteers who worked for 13 years conserving the King's Bed have also shared their photo albums with us, including this picture of the celebratory cake to mark the project's completion - with a replica bed made of marzipan and icing sugar. These are just some of the many heart-warming stories we've gathered from those who've had a Knole connection in the last hundred years. Have a listen to some snippets on this page.
Running free in the attics
Come in and listen to a range of recorded memories, including Lord Sackville's, about growing up and running about freely in the attics at Knole.
If you would like to get involved in our oral history project – if you have a memory, or would like to help with interviewing, editing or research, or know someone who had a connection to Knole – just email or ring us on 01732 462100.
Why 2013's been so memorable for Knole
The Trust's biggest conservation project so far
In July 2013, Knole won its Heritage Lottery Fund bid and received matching funds from the National Trust, to spend a total of £19.7 million on conserving the property and its fragile showroom for future generations. Recalling its size and complexity, senior project manager Richard Hill explains the context of this, the most ambitious conservation project by the Trust, to date.