Ickworth is Uncovered

View of Ickworth Rotunda from Stumpery/Spring Garden area.

Thanks to the support of our visitors we’ve been able to look after the special historic collection at Ickworth forever, for every one. By making urgent repairs to Ickworth’s roofs, its future is ensured.

We mended leaks, added lightning protection and re-tiled the roof of the Rotunda. It was the biggest conservation works that Ickworth had ever seen, not least because it saw the movement of 2,500 items from storage whilst the work happened. 

As we worked on the roof and stepped in to keep stored parts of the collection safe during the work, we called the project 'Ickworth Uncovered' and planned some exciting ways to help our visitors discover more about what we’ve done and why we did it.

Andrew Rowson was the Project Manager leading Ickworth Uncovered and he worked with our in-house team as well as some skilled specialists to see the project through to completion.

" 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 has been standing at an important time in its history. Having been entrusted to safeguard Ickworth, the National Trust took 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