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

12 Aug 19

The Project Studio is now live

As part of Ickworth Uncovered, visit our brand new Project Studio by the West Wing to find out more about the project and explore the different ways you can support!

08 Jul 19

Construction work begins

This week construction work starts at Ickworth as the assembly of scaffolding begins to take shape, as well as the delivery of our new project hub which will also be built over the next few weeks. Ickworth will start to look very different so keep up to date on our social media channels and website.

14 Jun 19

Ickworth is about to be Uncovered

Ickworth Uncovered, which is costing just under £5 million, will be taking place thanks to the generosity of National Trust members and supporters, together with a fundraising appeal. Thanks to additional grant-funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Trust will also be able offer visitors the opportunity to experience Ickworth in a completely new way, as well as share more about the project work. Anne Jenkins, Director, England: Midlands & East, The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “Ickworth Uncovered will provide visitors with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to the fascinating conservation work, and enable them to explore the enviable collections and buildings of Ickworth, whilst learning new stories and discovering unseen treasures. We’re delighted that National Lottery money will open up these doors for a host of new audiences.”

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