Repairing the Rotunda roof at Ickworth
The multimillion-pound project to repair the Rotunda roof was the single biggest piece of conservation work that Ickworth has ever seen, and was made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Wolfson Foundation, alongside a fundraising appeal and the support of National Trust members.
Before construction work could begin, we moved 2,500 collection items into storage to keep them safe during the work – which including mending leaks, adding lightning protection and re-tiling the entire roof of the Rotunda.
As the Rotunda was covered in scaffolding for the duration of the work, we named the project Ickworth Uncovered, in anticipation of the day the Rotunda would be revealed again.
‘Ickworth Uncovered was the largest conservation project that the property has ever untaken. The major repairs to the roofs have helped safeguard Ickworth and its highly significant collection for years to come, as well as helping us to appreciate fully the craftsmanship of this unique building.’
– Chloe Woodrow, Property Curator at Ickworth
The project is completed
Throughout August and September 2020, the last areas of roof repairs were completed, and the scaffolding was removed, revealing the Rotunda for the first time in over a year.
You can now see the Rotunda in all its glory on a visit to Ickworth. To follow the progress of Ickworth Uncovered from start to finish, read the project timeline below, which was updated at key moments of the project.