Based within the historic Ickworth House in Bury St Edmunds, The National Trust has realised its ambition to open up the previously undisturbed Servants’ Hall and present the rooms as they were in the 1930s. Development funded by Biffa Award included the restoration of the Servants’ Hall and installation of audiovisual equipment and interactive interpretation to create an activity hub for visitors and local schools.
The development of the Servants’ Hall is part of the wider Ickworth’s Real Lives project, which calls on the Ickworth Archives as well as the memories of those who used to work ‘below stairs’ to build up a picture of the building’s rich cultural history. Living History Volunteers breathe life into the stories and create an immersive experience for visitors. Indeed the project received recognition through the National Trust Chairman’s Award for ‘Bringing Places to Life’
At the Biffa Awards ceremony 2013, the project was named winner of the Cultural Facilities trophy.