Oxburgh Hall awarded National Lottery Heritage Fund boost

A view of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk
Published : 27 Jun 2019 Last update : 07 Aug 2019

The most ambitious conservation project we've ever carried out at Oxburgh Hall is set to get underway and now, thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we'll also be able to offer you the opportunity to experience Oxburgh in a completely new way.

Vital work is needed to repair the roof, its windows and chimneys, to safeguard the building's future and protect the collection housed inside. 

The highly complex engineer-designed scaffold will begin to be erected later this year, with work on the roof due to start in early 2020. The design, which is no small feat, has had to overcome the added complication that the 500 year old building is surrounded by a moat.

Roof project creates exciting opportunity 

Whilst the two-year roof project is underway, thanks to a £132,900 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the team at Oxburgh Hall will also be presenting new opportunities for visitors to experience the house, as well as share more about the project.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, from 2020, this grant will provide visitors with a new and exciting way of delving deeper into the story of Oxburgh Hall, called Endurance. 

Oxburgh's story of Endurance

A new gatehouse experience will be created, displays within the house will be refreshed and an exciting new programme of events will be developed to run alongside the work. 

Support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also enable a programme of repairs to the gatehouse façade, roof and chimneys to take place; along with invaluable research, which will be shared with visitors, students and heritage trainees. 

" It’s only through the support of our members, visitors and donors that we are able to fund this work and it goes to show just how important Oxburgh is, to so many people."
- Russell Clement

Russell our General Manager, went onto say: “We’re extremely grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and our supporters for recognising Oxburgh’s potential, as one of the nation’s treasured places. The project opens up the opportunity to engage new visitors and those that love to visit Oxburgh time and time again, through experiences, volunteering, community projects and conservation skills days.” 

Our House Manager, Lynsey Coombs, said “We know that things will look very different whilst the conservation work takes place. To secure its future we need to wrap this beautiful building in scaffolding, but thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, this also gives us an exciting opportunity to offer new ways that our visitors can experience the story of Oxburgh Hall and get involved with our work. It’s been a long time in the planning; we can’t wait to get started.”

Although the grant from The Fund will enable us to present Oxburgh Hall in a new light, whilst the conservation work is ongoing, we're also fundraising to help support the significant investment into Oxburgh’s future.