2019 was our busiest year for visitors since the fire. We’ve welcomed thousands of people every year to explore the house and share their responses and ideas. We’ve worked with universities, schools and history groups, welcomed photographers, writers and families. Bringing people into the process is what this project is all about, so seeing our visitors grow each year is a privilege.
The Clandon Park project: a timeline
Since the night of the fire on April 29 2015 we’ve been through many extraordinary moments, both tough times and triumphs. The Clandon Park restoration project represents one of the most significant and ambitious projects the National Trust has ever embarked upon. An enormous undertaking, we now have the opportunity not only to show our respect for the heritage of the past, but also to create a new legacy for the future.
Here you can follow a timeline of events from the early days of the project, through each major milestone, right up to the present day. We’ll continue to post developments here and update you with our progress on the journey towards our ultimate goal, welcoming visitors back to a restored, reimagined and rebuilt Clandon Park.
03 Nov 19
Our busiest year
01 Oct 19
Initial feasibility study complete
The level of detail required for a feasibility study of this scale means the work takes over a year to complete. The costs, designs and ideas inside the study will be reviewed internally. The design will evolve as we consider what’s right for the house and what’s right for the Trust and its supporters.
It’s important to us to make this project with people, not for them. Throughout the process we’ve been in dialogue with our communities and partners. We look after places for the benefit of people, so we want to make sure what we do has people at its heart.
Once we’ve produced a design scheme which we are confident achieves a sustainable future for Clandon, we’ll share with our supporters and ask for your responses.
01 May 19
Collections Assessment complete
Of an original collection of over 3000 objects, just over a third were saved or salvaged from the fire, Objects have the power to bring a place and its stories to life, so what we do with the surviving collection is a key question.
Over 3 months we looked at 1200 objects and worked with 8 specialists who carried out the condition assessment. We considered their historical significance, condition, and public engagement potential. This helps us to decide which objects are categorised as ‘total loss’, meaning they are beyond restoration and conservation. Those objects might be used for research, education and analysis whilst others, sadly, will be disposed of.