Founded in 2006, the Doddington Hall Conservation Charity (numbered 1114539) aims to conserve and enhance the natural and historical environment of the Doddington Hall, Gardens and the wider Estate for the greater enjoyment and education of the thousands of visitors now and in the future.
The Doddington 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 Room and Yellow Room 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 very rare survivors of more mediocre tapestries of this period – the finer ones tended to be looked after better 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 & groups, the Holly Bedroom tapestries have been taken down, cleaned and conserved and were 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 and the team of professional conservators and consultant conservator are all alumna of the University of Lincoln.
The conservation of the Yellow Bedroom tapestries commenced in June 2016 in a studio that has been created in the Drawing Room of Doddington Hall so that all visitors can see and learn about this fascinating conservation project first-hand.
The conservators have written a series of blogs about the work which, along with some great time-lapse footage of the Yellow Bedroom Tapestries being taken off the walls and vacuumed, can be seen here.
Thank you to our kind supporters for enabling us to carry out this fantastic and much needed conservation work.
Our conservation work is carried out by our wonderful team.
Alice, Alison, Sophie, Louise and with special guidance and help from Melanie & Elaine.