Plugging Killerton's leaky roof

Our roof is leaking and we need to take action to prevent further damage to the house many know and love. Next month, we’re due to start work to make vital repairs to protect the house and its collections.

The need

For some time water has been causing visible damage to the stairway inside the house where damage can be seen. When it rains heavily, buckets are placed at the top of the stairway to catch water dripping through the roof. Without urgent repairs, the house and collections are under increasing threat of damage.

What's involved?

The focus of this project is to replace the lead flat roof that covers the main part of the house and some pitched roof areas. While we're working on the roof, the scaffolding structure will also allow access to carry out vital restoration to stonework, chimneys, roof lanterns and parapets. Inside and outside, areas of the house will be redecorated, including a new lick of paint to help preserve the exterior. While the paintings are off the stairway walls, we're taking the opportunity to do some portrait conservation.

When is the work starting?

The project is due to start in late February and will continue until late October 2017. 

Is Killerton House staying open during the project?

It's an exciting time and we'd love you to join us along the way. The ground floor of the house will reopen as normal on Saturday 11 February with a brand new experience inside, and it's staying open throughout the project. The stairway and the first floor, normally the fashion exhibition, will be closed for operational reasons for the duration of the project.

As always, we'll have a packed programme of events and activities, and with a 6,400 acre estate to explore, there's plenty to see and do. 

How will the project benefit the house?

When complete, the conservation work will mean Killerton is watertight with an improved interior environment, helping to protect the special collections for the enjoyment of future generations. Killerton will also be more sustainable with new ventilation methods and improved insulation and windows.

If you'd like to find out more about the project or how to support us please email us.

How can I donate?

We're a charity and your support helps us to keep looking after Killerton for ever, for everyone.

  • You can donate online
  • Pop a cheque in the post to Killerton, Broadclyst, EX5 3LE, payable to National Trust with 'Killerton roof appeal' on the back 
  • Donate over the phone by calling the friendly team on 01392 881345
  • Drop money in donation boxes
  • Buy a novel in Killerton's second hand bookshop
  • Buy £1 raffle tickets - you could win a prize

The Acland family left Killerton to the nation so everybody could enjoy this special place. A generous gift in a will from Laurie Marshall, who enjoyed volunteering at Killerton for over 20 years, has helped to make this project possible. Now we need your help to raise the last £100k towards roof repairs and restoration to stonework, windows and the stairway. 

" We were able to start the roof project thanks to a generous legacy from Laurie Marshall who volunteered with us for over 20 years. As a conservation charity, we rely on donations and legacies alongside memberships and visitor income. Killerton is such a special place to so many and this support will mean we can continue vital conservation to keep it that way."
- Phillip Smart, General Manager