Conserving the windows at Kingston Lacy

scaffold at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

We are undertaking essential maintenance work to the south and west sides of the house at Kingston Lacy.

What's involved?

The focus of this project is to repair and repaint the 48 windows on the south and west sides of the house. Timed to fit with the departure of the house martins that nest in the eaves, this work is part of our planned schedule for the care of this important building. The project is part of a 5 yearly cyclical programme which is essential if we are keep the windows in a good state of repair and  keep the inside of the building wind and water tight. 

While we're carrying out this maintenance work to the windows a scaffolding structure will cover the south and west sides of the house to allow us to complete this vital work in order protect the fabric of the building and keep it watertight. This scaffolding will also allow us to carry out a close up visual inspection of the stonework and carry out any urgent repairs if needed.

The south side of the house at Kingston Lacy
The house at Kingston Lacy
The south side of the house at Kingston Lacy

Is Kingston Lacy house staying open during the work?

The house will remain open at Kingston Lacy throughout the duration of the project which will commence on 3 September and be completed in November. 

In addition to the many treasures, priceless art collection and ancient Egyptian artefacts, you can also find out more about the stories of four women who have been instrumental in shaping Kingston Lacy through our current exhibition: Beyond the Portrait.

As always, we have a programme of events and activities in the garden, and with an 8,500 acre estate to explore, there's plenty to see and do. Visit our what’s on page for inspiration.

How will the project benefit the house?

The conservation work will mean Kingston Lacy remains watertight, helping to protect the special collections for the enjoyment of future generations. Every time you visit it helps us to conserve special places like Kingston Lacy for ever, for everyone.

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