Enjoy a conservation conversation on Heritage Open Day

Working hard to look after this special place

As work gets under way as part of our major project thanks to players of the National Lottery and a generous £3.7million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it’s time to pack up and close the West Wing earlier than normal from Monday 3 September ahead of exciting times in the hall’s story.

Every year the house and collections team undertake a deep clean, to make room for painstaking conservation work during the closed winter months. This year as we prepare for the West Wing to be re-roofed, we’re closing earlier to begin documenting and packing up around 3,500 objects.  Each item needs to be carefully documented, packed and stored.  No mean feat when you consider the items range in size from a small tea cup to floor to ceiling portraits.

Visit for free on Heritage Open Day

On Saturday 8 September as part of Heritage Open Day the West Wing will reopen for one day only and you can visit the hall completely free of charge. Delve deeper, have a peek behind the scenes and meet the house and collections team.  They'll be busy at work and happy to show you how the collection will be packed and moved to the project’s collection stores.

There’s also a special chance to see up close to some really significant items in our collection, as we condition check them before they are moved. Come and explore the drop-in activity sessions, which will be held in the West Wing throughout the day.

The West Wing will then remain closed until February half term.  From Monday 5 November, the rest of the hall will close to enable the project to really get started.  We’ll keep you up to date with what's happening through our social media channels and website and keep you posted about our reopening in February.