Our main goal at Lindisfarne is to conserve and protect the building and its contents for future generations - as well as our own - to enjoy. We have just completed our 5-yearly Building survey and our much-needed Conservation Management Plan, which will help guide future decisions for staff long after we are all gone.
Back in February 2012, two banks of photovoltaic solar panels were installed on the eastern roof of the Castle. The process, from planning to installation and beyond, has overcome many diverse issues and complications and has now resulted in panels that provide the Castle with over 10,000kWh of electricity per year.
Brick floors in the Castle were laid during the Lutyens renovation in a Herringbone pattern which he often used. Being on the floor, they're exposed and are easily damaged by visitor footfall so although we have explored a number of clever solutions, it seems like good old pointing work is the best bet.
Some jobs are left to the professionals
Stone Technical Services visit each year to check the Crag and masonry that's out of our reach.
Red Valerian was planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1906, but its beautiful pinkish flower is deceptive.
Bride Louise received quite a surprise when one of the Stone workers appeared bearing gifts.