Don't be alarmed

The red drawing room at Shugborough

From June, you may notice that a couple of rooms in the Mansion have been temporarily covered up. Don’t be alarmed, we have just started a project to fire protect the Mansion.

Why have we done this?

We have done this is for a very important reason. We are working on a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the Mansion. Our current system is extremely old and isn’t to the standard the National Trust specifies for Grade 1 listed buildings. 

What can we see?

Instead of closing the entire Mansion during the work, we want you to be able to see the work taking place and the scale of the project. Covering some of our rooms means boxing in of fixed pieces of furniture, covering of paintings and temporarily removing fragile small items. There is more information about the work we are doing inside the rooms.

From 3rd - 16th September, we will be closing the Lichfield Apartments to carry on this work. Installing the alarms mean that we have to carefull take up floor boards. You can still see some of Lord Lichfield's items, as we will still have the exhibition room open on the ground floor as part of your Mansion experience.

We invite you to come in to our Mansion, and ask our team and see what we are up to and find out more about our future conservation projects. 

It is thanks to your continued support that we are able to invest in the fire safety of our Mansion, to protect our special collection.