Conservation Studio at Knole

A father and his young son dressed in outdoor clothing look through a drawer of conservation tools in fascination in the Conservation Studio VE area

The Conservation Studio at Knole is a recent addition – in a not so recent building. Housed in an enormous converted barn attached to the main house, the studio is the National Trust’s only conservation studio open to the public, brought to life as part of the ‘Inspired by Knole’ conservation project. Originally restoring Knole’s treasures, the studio is now a temporary home to objects from all over the National Trust.

Opening times

March – October: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
November – February: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm

What can you see?

From the ground floor reception area, climb the stairs (or take the accessible lift) to the first floor, which houses the store – flick a light switch to your left, peek through the viewing window ahead and find out what’s currently in the store.

The second floor is home to the studio itself, where you'll find a large interactive sensory experience area for all ages. Expect to find display drawers of paints, brushes, materials and restoration tools, microscopes, material and smell identifying guides. Behind the VE area you will be able to see expert conservators hard at work in the studio itself. A room guide is permanently on hand to answer your questions.