Saving Saltram's Saloon

One of the finest surviving Robert Adam ceilings and arguably the most important English carpet in the National Trust’s care will be expertly restored to their former glory, and we need your help.

Conservation on the saloon at Saltram
The conservation team start work on the Axminster carpet in the saloon

Saving the Saloon

Almost 250 years of wear and tear have taken their toll on the Robert Adam designed Saloon. The ceiling and carpet are in a very fragile state and require urgent conservation treatment. Conservators will be looking after the carpet and will add support to the linen threads; remove damaged areas and infill stitching by hand to match the original colours. While specialists have started work on the plasterwork, they will repair the ceiling’s paint and plaster, filling cracks and retouching.

  • This year we're celebrating 60 years of caring for Saltram and the Saloon
  • It is going to cost £292,000 to conserve the ceiling and carpet
  • The ceiling and carpet were crafted over 250 years ago and designed to mirror each other
" It’s thanks to the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity that we were able to start this vital work saving the Saloon. As a charity we rely on donations alongside members and visitors to help us look after Saltram for ever. This fundraising appeal will help us secure the funds needed to conserve and keep this unique room open for generations to come. "
- Jez McDermott, General Manager

How do you conserve such a special ceiling?

Ceiling conservator Douglas explains how they are conserving such a special ceiling.

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Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the irreplaceable treasures in our care. Memberships help to pay for some of the work we do. But they only go so far. Additional donations are crucial to maintaining our collections, from stunning works of silverware to personal keepsakes that bring the past to life. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work to our collections at this special place. With your support, we can continue to conserve, protect and provide access to these fascinating pieces of history. For everyone, for ever.

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