Help us bring back the Dying Gladiator

The Dying Gladiator in Studley Royal water garden

Conservation is at the heart of what we do - we work to keep places special forever, for everyone. The Dying Gladiator is a statue that has been missing from the water garden since the 1800s and we've been busy trying to bring it back!

What have we been fundraising for?

Throughout 2018 the team at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal have been working towards raising funds to replace a Dying Gladiator statue which mysteriously disappeared from the water garden in the late 1800s. This is part of our conservation aim to restore this World Heritage Site to its 18th century heyday for visitors.

Recasting this iconic statue and returning it to its rightful place by the moon ponds will continue with the garden conservation, as we gradually add in details lost over the centuries. 

What is the Dying Gladiator statue?

The Dying Gladiator is a Roman copy of an ancient Greek statue, and one of the most celebrated icons to have survived from antiquity. It appears in world famous gardens across the world, evoked and reproduced by sculptors and artists for several centuries.

Why places matter

We've always believed that places are important and have a powerful effect on us. We want Fountains Abbey to be a significant place to our visitors, to help them connect with nature, our rich history and culture here in North Yorkshire. There's no doubt that Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a site that's worth looking after, which was recognised on a global scale when it was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986.

Thank you for your support

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We couldn't do it without you

Every time a National Trust member shows their card on their way in, it directly generates a payment which contributes to our work here at Fountains Abbey.

 The classical statues at Studley Royal water garden after restoration work

Our Conservation Work 

Managing the impact of flooding, adapting to climate change, conservation work, sharing the stories of this amazing place are all key priorities in the work we do. Here are some of the projects that have been going on.

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