Ken Biggs Ltd are on target to achieve practical completion on 20th August. The Farmyard is complete, including the new build Learning Space and the scaffolding has been removed from the Manor house. Attention is now focused on completing internal works to the house before we can open for tours.
Staff are working on the interpretation plan and the reinstatement of key decorative schemes and features within the historic interiors, as identified and verified through recent research. Dr Hannah Britton has been appointed as our new Learning and Outreach Officer and will be responsible for developing the educational offer for schools and community groups. Hannah is an Arts Award Adviser for schools and was responsible for developing the learning programme at The Wordsworth Trust in Cumbria. We will shortly be advertising the Business Development Manager and Visitor Experience Manager to help us prepare reopening in April 2022.
Chris Neal finished his conservation work experience at the Manor in May and writes: ‘The six-months I spent working at Kelmscott Manor has enabled me to work alongside experts in a whole range of different trades and deal with many complex challenges inside the Grade I Manor House. It has given me a greater depth of understanding of the building construction, and it has been a real privilege to be part of the restoration and conservation process of such cultural and historical importance’. We wish Chris the best of luck with the future.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If would like to support our education and outreach programme. £8 which will provide free workshop for 1 young person or £300 for a Class. To donate please visit our donate page here.
Any donation large or small is incredibly appreciated and could make all the difference to the Kelmscott Campaign. If you would like to become a ‘Companion’ (£500) or a ‘Benefactor of Kelsmcott Manor’ (£5000) please contact Dominic Wallis, Head of Development, Society of Antiquaries of London, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE [email protected]