Repair and conservation
Woodchester Mansion Trust was the beneficiary of one of the first major Heritage Lottery Fund grants and has completed three major repair programmes to the total value of £1M.
The present fundraising and programme includes a current grant from The Country Houses Foundation to repair the North West Range roof.
The Trust is also in discussions with Heritage Lottery Fund about future projects which it hopes to be able to announce in the summer of 2010.
The Mansion Archives Project
The Trust has been regularly acquiring archive materials from a variety of sources, doing further research and cataloguing as it reconstructs the narrative of the Mansion’s commissioning by the Leigh family, its building and eventual abandonment. The acquisitions have been funded by charitable donations and the research and cataloguing is done by the Trust’s Honorary Archivist, Liz Davenport.
In 2008 the Trust staged an exhibition, Discoveries, and is planning a permanent exhibition that will allow visitors full access to the archive records of the Mansion.
The Woodchester Weddings Project
In 2010 the Trust acquired a Wedding License which allows the Mansion to extend the facilities it offers to include civil ceremonies and civil partnerships. The Mansion is an increasingly popular venue for wedding celebrations and the Trust works in partnership with Calcot Manor Catering, Alpha Hire and other specialists to provide a first-class comprehensive service.