Behind the scenes, we have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who care for the house and collections throughout the year. Their work enables us to reveal and share Ightham Mote's past with you, and make sure that it is protected for present and future generations.
With more than 2000 items to care for, our team of Conservation Assistants and dedicated volunteers work hard for our Accredited Museum status.
Aiming to retain the original fabric of the house wherever possible, and to use traditional methods and materials, the conservation work at Ightham Mote took 15 years to complete.
See how the conservation team brought the flood affected rooms back to life after flash flooding in 2016.
Why does the house close in winter? The gardens and courtyard remain open to visitors, but inside the house team are hard at work. See what happens behind closed doors.
Find out about the six main principles behind our conservation work to understand how and why we protect the properties and landscapes we care for.
What the Butler saw...
Step inside the moated manor house to discover how the house evolved to meet the changing needs of its owners over 700 years.
The southeast quarter has always previously remained hidden from visitors. This secret space includes several additional former servants' working spaces within the house.