1967 at Sudbury - 50 years with the National Trust

a close up of the clock as Sudbury hall

We have stepped back to 1967 at Sudbury Hall, back to when the Hall and some key pieces of its collection were transferred into National Trust’s care. It may look very different but we hope it will allow visitors to look closer and truly appreciate the beautiful interior features Sudbury has to offer.

Sudbury was the Vernon family home right up until the 1960s and after they moved out the Trust set about deciding how to present the Hall. In the early years with the Trust the Hall was controversially redecorated and then furnished with items to try to replicate the atmosphere of the family home.

See Sudbury in a whole new way
covered furniture at Sudbury hall

To celebrate Sudbury’s 50th anniversary we’re focusing on the real Sudbury and the beautiful interior features it has to offer, without the distractions of the furnishings brought in by the Trust.

Sudbury is rich with world-class craftmanship including intricate carvings by Grinling Gibbons, the Grand Stairs carved by Peirce, Bradbury and Pettifer’s elaborate plasterwork, and murals by Louis Laguerre.

Look up and see more
looking up at the elaborate plasterwork

To highlight these works of art we have stripped the house back to the bare bones, rolling up carpets and covering furniture, everything on show is what was in the hall in 1967.

Visitors are now able to get up close and appreciate the seventeenth century craftsmanship so often overlooked in favour of non-original interior furnishings.

Still to come...

As the year progresses, we will explore further, allowing visitors to discover what gems lie behind closed doors.

We will be opening more of Sudbury’s basements than ever before so you can imagine life at Sudbury from the perspective of those ‘below stairs’ and see what went into making a country house tick.

Step down into the depths of Sudbury Hall
looking down one of the corridors in the basement

For the first time you will be able to see the Chintz bedroom on the upper floor, part of a fascinating suite of rooms in need of conservation.

In 1967 the Trust felt these rooms were less of a priority for conservation and have since been used as storage space.

Our latest fundraising project
a close up of wallpaper in the Chintz bedroom

We hope that by displaying this room you will be able to see how much work, resources and of course funding that interior conservation requires. We have already managed to raise over £6000 towards the project through the sale of raffle tickets and we hope to raise a further £12,000 by the end of 2017.  It is only with your continuing support that we can continue to protect these special places.