Current projects

With generous assistance from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England we have been able to begin a comprehensive programme of repairs to The Folly, our Grade I listed building.

Structural Repairs

  • Repointing and glazing repairs to the rear and side elevations
  • Repointing and repair to tower
  • Repairs to internal plasterwork and main staircase
  • Repairs to roofs, roofing timbers, flashings and rainwater goods
  • Stabilisation of staircase tower arch
  • Redecoration

Current Status: Funding of £270,501 allocated under the Arts Council England MEND scheme, match funding appeal in progress

Estimated Cost: £300,000

Garden Improvements

Redesign of pathways and planting to make better use of the space, with emphasis on safe access, sustainable methods and materials. New garden shed.
Current Status: Phase 2 in progress with support from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; further funding required

Estimated Cost: £10,500

New Permanent Museum Exhibition

Installation of a fully researched, ‘state of the art’ permanent exhibition on the upper floors of The Folly.
Current Status: Proposal to be developed and costed.

Estimated cost: £100,000

Completed projects

Recently completed works include: repointing and glazing repairs to the the front elevation and replacement of rainwater goods, roof repairs, lime plastering to second floor gallery, refurbishment of office spaces, and repairs to stairs and flooring. The north garage has been converted into a new kitchen adjacent to the Coffee House.