Founded in 2006, the Doddington Hall Conservation Charity (no. 1114539) aims to conserve and enhance the natural and historical environment of Doddington Hall, Gardens and the wider Estate for the greater enjoyment and education of the thousands of visitors now and in the future.
The Conservation Charity’s first project is to raise funds to save two sets of late seventeenth century Flemish tapestries that have hung in the Holly Bedroom and Yellow Bedroom at Doddington Hall since the 1760s. The tapestries depict ‘Scenes from Rural Life’ and ‘The Trojan Wars’. They were already antiques when they were nailed to the walls of the bedrooms and part of a fascinating early example of a ‘retro’ or antiquarian decorative scheme. They are also rare survivors of cheaper, ‘off the peg’ tapestries of this period – the finer ones tended to be better looked after and have survived in much greater numbers.
Thanks to a ground-breaking joint project between Doddington and Lincolnshire County Council along with funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation, The Mercers’ Foundation, Dulverton Trust & Lincolnshire Community Foundation, The Laura Ashley Foundation, the Veneziana Fund along with numerous local individuals and groups, the Holly Bedroom tapestries were taken down, cleaned and conserved before being finally returned to the walls in June 2016.
The project was made possible with support from students and staff at the University of Lincoln’s conservation courses, and Bishop Grossteste’s Heritage Education course. Many of the conservators who have worked on the project are alumnae of Lincoln University.
The conservation of the Yellow Bedroom tapestries is now being carried out in the Drawing Room of Doddington Hall. This allows visitors to see and learn about the conservation project first-hand. To visit the hall and see the conservation in action, please check the Opening Times and Admissions page for seasonal opening hours.