Why is Knole so special?
Knole is one of the country’s most exceptional historic houses, containing world-class collections of royal furniture, silver paintings and tapestries. It was built in 1456 for the Archbishop of Canterbury, gifted to Henry VIII in 1538, and remodelled in the 17th century by the Sackville family.
Why was the project needed?
In 2012 Knole was facing crisis – the building was deteriorating and its interiors and collections were suffering from the damp environment. The ‘Inspired by Knole’ project was created to address these issues and ensure the future survival of the Grade I listed building.
What did the project achieve?
Not only has the project enabled the repair of Knole’s built structures, but its rare interiors and precious collections have also been conserved.
New spaces have been opened up which show a whole different side to Knole. Attics, tower apartments and buildings across the working side of the estate are now interpreted in a hands-on way.
National Trust curators and specialists have used their research and expertise to re-present the showrooms to draw out stories about people, events and moments in the past.