Looking after the house and collections at Ightham Mote

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.

A member of the conservation team dusting a blue and white pot

Caring for our collection

With more than 2000 items to care for, our team of Conservation Assistants and dedicated volunteers work hard for our Accredited Museum status.

The north east corner of Ightham Mote covered in scaffolding

The £10 million house

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.

Flood water in the house courtyard

Conservation in action after flash flood

See how the conservation team brought the flood affected rooms back to life after flash flooding in 2016.


House Winter Conservation

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.