We're taking off!

Tower of the Winds, Shugborough, Staffordshire

Over the past few months, we've been testing the paint, plaster and stone work on the Tower of the Winds, to see exactly how we will need to restore the monument. The next stages of this project are approaching with the wear of the test patches being assessed in the coming weeks. This is just one example of the conservation work we are able to complete due to your support.

If you have journeyed past Park Farm recently, you will have seen our towering monument looking slightly different. The Tower’s appearance is due to the paint samples we have taken to find details on what the original paint was made from. This means that when we repaint the monument this year, it will echo how it was when it was first built in 1765. 


Not only have we taken a closer look at the paint work, we have also sampled the plaster work, gutters and stone work to see exactly how it has worn over the years. 

A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith
A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith
A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith

This year, money from the Special Places Raffle is going toward our ongoing Tower of the Winds restoration project, if you pick up a raffle ticket at Visitor Reception during your next visit, you're not only in with a chance of winning up to £10,000 but you're helping us care for this special monument.