Building conservation

We protect historic buildings and buildings in the wider landscape. Our building conservation team works hard to ensure they are preserved for ever, for everyone using traditional conservation techniques

View of the Rotunda with restored roof at Ickworth, Suffolk
Our biggest conservation challenges
An artist impression showing how the viaduct could look

Work gets underway on urban sky park 

Plans to create a new urban sky park for Manchester are a step closer to reality with work about to get underway on Castlefield viaduct. Due to open in July, we're aiming to turn the imposing 330 metre steel viaduct into a temporary park in the sky and create a meeting place to benefit people and nature that celebrates the industrial heritage of Castlefield. The pilot phase of this project will see a green space created to stretch half way across the elevation of the viaduct.

Wellington Monument at sunset

Wellington Monument repaired after two-year project 

A memorial to the first Duke of Wellington, which stands high above the Somerset countryside is open to the public once more after a complex restoration project. £3.1m of repairs have restored the monument to a better condition than when first completed. At around 175 feet (53m) high, it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world.

Conserving our collections

Preserving history

An adult clothes moth

Common pests at the places in our care 

Last year our staff identified and logged 56,742 insects at the places we care for. The five most common insect pests found in 2021 remain the same as those recorded in 2020 but the webbing clothes moth has knocked silverfish out of the number-one spot. Learn more about these small but destructive creatures and discover how we reduce the damage they cause to houses and collections.

Inspired by our interiors

Conservation in action during the winter clean

Protect the buildings and collections in our care 

We look after over 300 historic buildings and nearly one million works of art, which need constant care to maintain them. You can help protect these important buildings and collections by donating today.


Learn more about how we look after for the special places in our care and get a glimpse of some of the conservation projects we're working on at the moment.