Ickworth is 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 to ensure it is fit for the future.

We are 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

31 Aug 20

The Rotunda is becoming Uncovered

As the last areas of the roof are finished, this week we see the beginning of the uncovering of the Rotunda, which has been covered for over a year with 270 miles of scaffolding. It will take approx. five weeks for the scaffolding to be dismantled and will see the return of an 80 foot crane to Ickworth as we celebrate our brand new roof.

17 Aug 20

The last slate placed

The last slate was placed on the Rotunda's roof after a year long programme to mend the roof. Thousands of new Westmoreland slates have been used to protect Ickworth for hundreds of years to come.

08 Jun 20

Creating a home for our resident bats

Ickworth is home to seven species of bats and to make sure they continue to have a home here at Ickworth, lead worker Karl has made bat boxes to accommodate our furry friends in the roof. We hope to see them come back to their home during roosting season.

Bat hibernation Ickworth