Ickworth is about to be Uncovered

View of Ickworth Rotunda from Stumpery/Spring Garden area.

Thanks to the support of our visitors we’re looking after the special historic collection at Ickworth forever, for every one, and we are making repairs to Ickworth’s roofs and ensure it is fit for the future.

We will be mending leaks, adding lightning protection and re-tiling the roof of the Rotunda. It is going to be the biggest conservation works that Ickworth has ever seen, not least because it has seen the movement of 2,500 items from storage whilst the work is happening. 

As we’ll be working on the roof and stepping in to keep stored parts of the collection safe during the work, we’re calling the project Ickworth Uncovered and we’re planning some exciting ways to help our visitors discover more about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

Andrew Rowson is the Project Manager leading Ickworth Uncovered and he’ll be working with our in-house team as well as some skilled specialists as we get underway.

" Ickworth Uncovered will help safeguard Ickworth and its highly significant collections for years to come. The craftsmanship that went into building Ickworth is incredible, but it is also natural that over time repairs will be needed. We are looking forward to the challenge and sharing our progress with visitors"
- Andrew Rowson

Ever changing and ambitious, like the Hervey family themselves, Ickworth stands at an important time in its history. Having been entrusted to safeguard Ickworth, the National Trust is now also taking action to protect it for the future.  

Latest updates

16 Dec 19

Ickworth's roof is nearly ready for repair

You can see the undulations and repair work needed to mend Ickworth's leaking roof. It has now been completely stripped and is nearly ready for the slates to go on.

Slates on roof Ickworth

03 Dec 19

A bare roof at Ickworth

The Rotunda roof is nearly completely bare, with construction working at a fast pace to strip the roof of all the old slate. The roof is nearly ready for repair as 7,000 new slates will be placed on the roof of Ickworth.

slates off roof Ickworth

08 Nov 19

Get your own piece of Ickworth

From today visitors will be able to buy some of the old slate coming off the roof of the Rotunda. Its a great opportunity for you to take home a piece of history! Check out our events 'what's on' page for some slate sale days in January 2020 too.