Funding gives life to historic vision

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FUNDING of £1.7 million has been secured to complete a project that will bring to life the stories of Edwardian people who lived and worked at Ickworth House. 

Ickworth supporters and visitors contributed to the Ickworth Lives project by participating in a raffle and shopping in the book store.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of nearly £1 million was matched with donations from charitable trusts and other grant givers, along with gifts from National Trust centres and associations. 

The Ickworth team can now move into the next stage of development, with the restoration work on target to be completed by the end of March.

General manager Caroline Pons said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has supported the campaign, particularly the local people who love and cherish Ickworth, and we look forward to showing what their generosity has achieved.

“For some local visitors, it will be a very special experience as their ancestors are among those people highlighted by the historical research.”

There are a number of voluntary and paid opportunities for anyone interested in getting involved with the project.

A volunteer open day will be held at the Ickworth West Wing from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.