#SignASlate and leave your mark on Tredegar House

Roofer holding signed slate
Published : 14 Feb 2017 Last update : 18 Feb 2017

As Tredegar House opens its doors for the new season, visitors have the chance to be part of the fabric of a National Trust property in Wales for the very first time, by signing a slate for the new roof.

Write history

2017 celebrates the fifth anniversary of National Trust Wales’ guardianship of Tredegar House. To mark the occasion, we want to give something back to the local community by offering you the chance to leave your mark for future generations, as part of a £1.3 million restoration of Tredegar House's leaking roof.

During February half-term, visitors will be able to write history by buying and signing a limited number of the Welsh slate roof tiles before they are laid and help look after Tredegar House for ever, for everyone.

Write history at Tredegar House
Children writing on a roof slate
Write history at Tredegar House

Leaking roof

Over the coming year, 10,000 roof tiles, equivalent to 35 tonnes of slate, will be replaced to protect the 17th century rooms below.

The current slates are more than 50 years old but parts of the roof date back to the 17th century. Damage caused by nail erosion and the slipping of slates means it is at the end of its life span. In 2016 alone, almost 600 litres of water were removed from the rooms below the leaking roof.

Help make our roof watertight
Group of children holding a signed slate
Help make our roof watertight

The new watertight roof won’t need replacing again for over 100 years and will allow the house to become more energy efficient, reducing the humidity risk to Tredegar House’s extensive collection and allow for the redecoration of the worst hit rooms.

" This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our visitors, volunteers and organisations in the local community. We want their efforts to be remembered for years to come. Signing a slate will create a lasting legacy"
- Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales

Creating a lasting legacy

Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales said: 'Since taking over the house five years ago, the conservation team at Tredegar House have been working hard to minimise the damage to the attic rooms – from patching holes to emptying gallons of water from buckets.' 

'We are all very excited to embark on this enormous restoration project, Tredegar House’s biggest to date, so we can continue in our mission to protect this beautiful property not just for another five years, but for hundreds of years to come.'

'This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our visitors, volunteers and organisations in the local community. We want their efforts to be remembered for years to come. Signing a slate will create a lasting legacy.'

The details

You can #SignASlate everyday throughout February half-term from Saturday 18 February to Sunday 26 February, from 11am to 3pm. Price: £20 per slate. Tickets are available at Visitor Reception.

As part of the project to replace the damaged roof tiles, visitors over a certain height will also have the opportunity to go up on to the scaffolding and get a closer view of the restoration.