Sign a slate at Dyrham Park

Signed slates make up part of the new roof at Dyrham Park

The Sign a slate fundraising campaign was a unique chance to support the conservation project and leave a lasting message on the new roof.

It's not very often that you get a chance to be a part of a historical building, but that's exactly what happened at Dyrham Park thanks to a successful Sign a slate campaign.

As part of the £3.8m conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the 17th-century mansion house in 2015/16, we needed to replace 8,000 Welsh slates - and we're gave you the chance to sign one of the new ones before they went up.

Among those supporting the campaing were Downton Abbey author Julian Fellowes, the Countess of Wessex and Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations.

From happy birthdays to marriage proposals, people took the chance to inscribe a magical moment, create some artwork and share your love of Dyrham Park - this Sign a slate campaign gave you a unique opportunity to do this and leave a lasting legacy.

The campaign was supported by thousands of people and raised over £40,000 towards the cost of replacing the roof. The campaign wrapped up at the end of 2015 when the final slate was laid and work was completed in the summer of 2016.