Restoration of Kelmscott Manor about to start

  • 01 Nov 2019
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The Society of Antiquaries of London is pleased to announce that the much-needed major programme of repairs and refurbishment of Kelmscott Manor, Oxon, is about to start. Key to this exciting phase of our project is the appointment of a main contractor, Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd.

A spokes-person for Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd said “We are both honoured and delighted to have been awarded this important and interesting contract and are eagerly awaiting the start of the project.  Preparations are well underway, and we look forward to the 11th November when our site team will take the first steps towards helping to realise the client’s vision for Kelmscott Manor.

Kelmscott Manor
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Peter & John in the Courtyard

The Society would like to thank all the organisations and individuals whose generous donations have allowed the project to progress this far, in particular the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The Society hopes that the momentum generated by this new phase of the £6 million conservation-led project will help us secure the remaining funds needed so that William Morris’s ‘heaven on earth’ can be enjoyed by future generations.  Central to our plans is the construction of a dedicated Learning & Activity Space costing £300,000, which will be available for schools, community groups and the visitors to Kelmscott Manor.  It is conceived as an oaked framed thatched structure that will stand on the footprint of former stabling on the southern side of the 17th century farmyard.  The new Learning Space will provide education sessions and ‘family’ focused activities including workshops with an Artist-in-Residence, demonstrations and lectures.  We hope more Supporters will join the hundreds of individuals who have helped us so far. 

If you would like to make a donation, please contact: Dominic Wallis, Head of Development, 0207 479 7092.


Find out more about Kelmscott Manor here.


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