Charlecote Park's heating project
Our antiquated heating system is inefficient, unreliable and very expensive to run. We need to replace the entire system and run it from a more efficient energy-efficient biomass boiler.
We're very excited that this means that for a few months in 2020 our visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the house in a new light.
This project is being funded entirely from the money that we are able to raise from every rug or jar of honey that you buy in the shop, every coffee or cake you buy in the tea-room - every single penny counts.
Our raffle ticket sales in 2019 will also be used to raise funds for the heating project. Every £1 raffle ticket you buy from our volunteers is match-funded centrally so it's worth £2 to us - and you could win a fabulous cash prize too!
Every time you show your National Trust membership card on your way in it generates £2.56 for us - your membership goes straight to the places you love to visit.
Conserving the collection
This year (2019) will see the designs for the new system drawn up. We'll also be preparing a detailed timetable for the work and try to minimise disruption to staff, volunteers and visitors.
Next year (2020), our house and conservation team will be emptying rooms and temporarily packing away many of the objects in our precious collection. You'll be able to see these spaces as Mary Elizabeth and her husband would have viewed them before they filled the rooms with the items they bought on their European tour in the 1840s. How would you have furnished the house?
We have 6,995 items in our collection and we have to decide whether each one is packed carefully away or if it's too large or fragile and will need to be protected in situ.
The benefits of the new heating system will last for many decades, enabling us to reduce the mould damage caused by our riverside location.
The National Trust is Europe's largest conservation charity and it's vital that we minimise our environmental impact by getting off fossil fuels. The savings we make will all be spent on future conservation work at Charlecote.