Lamport Hall & Gardens
This beautiful Historic House in Northamptonshire offered that little something extra over their first Heritage Open Days, which drew in the crowds. Inspired by our work with Icon they ran a Conservation Unlocked event with experts in stained glass, gilding, books, and textiles to showcase all the different conservation work done at this beautiful site with a world class collection.
Eleanor Carter, Head of Revenue Development, Lamport Hall Preservation Trust Ltd, Northamptonshire
Why we take part
We wanted to do more for the local community, promote the work we do for conservation here at the Hall and also attract people from the area who regularly say they pass but have never visited. We hope that some of these visitors will feel inspired to visit again or come to some of our events.
What we do for HODs
Explore the Hall and its gardens and enjoy the unique opportunity to meet some of the skilled conservators who work on our collection, plus:
- Special tours with our Head Gardener
- Local artists' display in the stables
- Hannington Vintage Tractor Club demos
- Family activities and hands-on crafts to enjoy as well as a treasure trail and Georgian characters to meet
(2023 Event directory description)
We received an e-newsletter earlier in the year outlining ICON's involvement with Heritage Open Days in 2023 to promote the fantastic work that conservators do across the UK. We are proud to support a variety of UK based conservators and felt this was a brilliant way to support them and show our visitors the hard work that goes on behind the scenes maintaining such a varied and important collection. It was absolutely wonderful on the day to see visitors so engaged with the conservators, asking interesting questions and opening their eyes to the huge amount of work that goes into each individual book, painting, curtain and piece of furniture each year. We are excited to hear more about the theme for next year and brainstorming as a team to come up with our second HODs event after the resounding success of our first event.
The difference it makes
My role is diverse so HODs needed to fit in with my busy and eclectic schedule which it did well. The resources and support available from both HODs and the local council were invaluable particularly in terms of promoting the event. As with any event, it took many hours to organise but nothing which was too demanding on my time or detracting from my other tasks. It felt very simple to get people interested in coming by offering more than usual but nothing that took extensive time and attention to organise. I really liked the extra resources which were provided for us and helped us keep a consistent brand and theme on the day. This event was always meant to be a showcase of Lamport and the conservation work we do here to shout about the amazing achievements of the Preservation Trust for those living locally. I felt like we achieved this with the event and actually exceeded my expectations in terms of the amount of really engaged visitors we welcomed.
“We really enjoyed Saturday; the whole day seemed to go really well. We wanted to say the Lamport staff and volunteers were really helpful and friendly.” – Landi Textile Conservators
The amount of visitors all enjoying the variety of activities we put on. People seemed genuinely to want to spend time here and were sitting in the gardens for some hours, engaging with all the exhibitors and having some great chats with our conservators. Everyone seemed to want to learn more about the book repairs, stained glass making, textile conservation, leathercraft and lace making – it was lovely to witness. Younger visitors were exploring the activities on offer too which is always nice to see as they’re the next generation of heritage visitors.
Eleanor's Top Tip
Have proper plans in place to manage a large amount of visitors including car parkers and staggered entry systems. Utilise the resources available to you through HODs. Listen to your local community and create an event which you feel will best attract them. We really enjoyed the opportunity to shout about how wonderful Lamport is and that actually it is a world-class collection right on people’s doorsteps!