We're Lifting the Lid on Tredegar House

Tredegar House from above

This September we're launching a multi-million pound project to secure Tredegar House into the 22nd century and beyond.

Lifting the Lid - what's it all about?

Lifting the Lid is a multi-million pound conservation and development project to safeguard the future of the 17th-century mansion house, garden and parkland at Tredegar House. 

The project will begin with repairs to the mansion house roof with contractors arriving on site on Monday 19 September. 

Several holes have caused rain water to leak into a number of attic rooms leaving the future of Newport’s historic house and its collection dependant on vital repairs to replace 35 tonnes of Welsh slate covering the North-West wing.

The house contains some original 17th-century features such as the intricately carved state Dining Room and the Great Staircase, as well as a priceless collection including the original Morgan family portraits.

But it currently also houses numerous plastic buckets which the house team has to empty on a regular basis. This year alone they have removed more than 52 gallons of water.

Not only will the restoration project free up the house team to carry out necessary conservation work elsewhere, but the newly watertight roof will also allow the house to become more energy efficient, reduce the humidity risk to the collection and allow for the repurposing and redecoration of the worst hit rooms.

The conservation team are emptying water buckets on a daily basis.
Buckets being used to catch water at Tredegar House
The conservation team are emptying water buckets on a daily basis.

Linda Wigley, property manager, said: “Lifting the Lid has been a long time coming for our team. So much work has already been done behind the scenes to get us to this point and we are delighted to be able to finally share our plans with the public.

“We have drawn on more than 120 years of conservation expertise in the National Trust to transform Tredegar House and its surrounding parkland into the exceptional visitor attraction we know it has the potential to be – and an attraction that delivers so much for Newport and south-east Wales.

"The next 12 months and coming years will provide visitors with a fantastic opportunity to delve into the detail of what we are all about; looking after special places for ever for everyone.”

Tredegar House will stay open for the duration of the roofing repairs, with visitors getting a unique opportunity to get underneath the skin of our conservation work.