Historic buildings safeguarded for the future

Nick Lewis at Lindisfarne

Nick, House Steward at Lindisfarne Castle, is helping stonemasons and craftsmen repair the enormous damage caused by centuries of wind and rain. With your support, we can respond fast to protect iconic places.

Lindisfarne castle is a part of Nick. He lives and breathes it. Perhaps the best part of his job is hearing how much this iconic building matters to people all over the country too. ‘The day we went to Lindisfarne Castle,’ is a holiday memory people often cherish forever.

Special places like Lindisfarne need special upkeep
Seagulls over Lindisfarne Castle

But now this beloved building needs our help to withstand the sea, wind and rain that lashes upon Beblowe Crag, and not to mention the next 450 years of history.

The north scaffolding on Lindisfarne Castle towers over Lutyens' larder buttress
The north scaffolding at Lindisfarne Castle

While the restoration is in full swing, Nick’s the main point of contact on site. If one of the electricians wants to see an original light fitting or an archaeologist needs to know when a wall was last painted, he can usually come up with the goods.

" Every day is a labour of love – even including the day the power line to the mainland was severed, leaving us with no light or water"
- Nick Lewis, House Steward, Lindisfarne Castle
Stone masons remove faulty pointing so it can be replaced with a new mix
Masons working on the walls at Lindisfarne

It took months to get the restoration off the ground. As you can imagine emptying the castle of its 2,000 collection was a monumental task for Nick and his team, which included many volunteers. From the Henrietta, the fragile model ship hung from the ceiling in the Ship Room, to individual hinged curtain brackets, every single item needed to be labelled and documented as part of the move.

Restoring the castle is crucial for its survival, and today’s technology will help maintain the building long into the future. A 3D digital model gives Nick and the specialist restoration team a detailed view of how water interacts with the building. It also allows them to record everything they’re doing and why.

Nick says: 'My hope is that a century or two from now, future keepers of this iconic castle will be able to see how and why the 2017 restoration project was achieved.'