Our plans for Knole

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Latest update 22.05.2014 17:24

Our building works to the medieval barn and Brewhouse Yard area of Knole are part of a long-term programme to repair and conserve the buildings and the famous Knole collection of art and furniture, and to open new areas of the house to the public.

We plan to convert the 15th century barn from its present use (for garaging and storage), into a new, nationally significant conservation studio. At the same time we'll remodel the next door hayloft, never before opened to the public, for education, training and community use. This work will enable us to repair and conserve items from our collection and share that work with you while we improve the environmental conditions and presentation of the showrooms.

What does this mean for you?

You'll be able to access the conservation studio from the Brewhouse Courtyard and will see, up close, the work of our conservation team. We'll carry out textile, furniture and painting conservation and invite conservators from other specialisms to work here. You'll also be able to try out conservation techniques and take part in conservation events.

After an 1887 fire in which the barn lost its original, pitched, tiled roof, the existing flat roof with masonry crenellations was installed. We plan to restore the appearance of the original, medieval roof. This will give further space in the barn so we can insert an extra floor (at the level of the former hayloft floor) to give vital space for the studio.

More space for you to enjoy

At the same time we're extending our café facilities. A new, single-storey building will wrap around the north and east walls of the Brewhouse Courtyard, with outdoor seating in the centre and on the roof of the new structure. We'll also put seats in the attic space of the Brewhouse. As well as the main servery and kitchen, the new Brewhouse Café will also have a fast-service point just for hot drinks and snacks.

These plans, which have the full support of Lord Sackville, are an exciting start to the Knole project which will see us through a series of building, refurbishment, conservation and community schemes up to 2018.

Our architects are Rodney Melville & Partners. Find out more about  Our Work and Projects.