Ickworth House expands silverware exhibition thanks to donation

Chloe Woodrow who is the assistant house manager looks through the glass panel of the new display cabinet

Chloe Woodrow who is the assistant house manager looks through the glass panel of the new display cabinet

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Visitors to Ickworth House will be able to see more of one of the largest silverware collections in the country following a £20,000 donation from an American group.

Bosses at the stately home, in Horringer, have revamped existing storage space and bought a new cabinet to showcase more than 70 per cent of the treasure trove - dating from about 1730 to 1900.

Visitors from American circle the new display cabinet that houses Lord Bristol's silver collection

Visitors from American circle the new display cabinet that houses Lord Bristol's silver collection

The home has only been able to display about 15 per cent of the collection and the £30,000 expansion project follows a contribution from the Royal Oak Foundation - an American group which supports the National Trust.

Further monies came from anonymous donors.

Sue Borges, marketing and engagement manager, said: “It’s the second biggest collection of silverware in the National Trust. It’s all been stored in vaults around the country.”

They have also made a DVD film about the collection to play as part of the exhibition in the Silver Room, in the Rotunda.

It includes examples of work by the Georgian Huguenot silversmiths.