Last chance to Make Your Mark at Wentworth Woodhouse
Time is running out to Make Your Mark on Wentworth Woodhouse!
Major repairs will commence on the roof above the magnificent state rooms later this year. The start of this vital work means the Preservation Trust’s popular Make Your Mark in History Appeal must draw to a close at the end of August.
The appeal enables anyone to sponsor a roof slate and have it inscribed with their own message before it goes onto the roof above the famous East Front to remain there for centuries.
Hundreds of supporters have already come forward, paying a suggested minimum donation of £50 and raising over £24,000 for WWPT’s huge restoration task.
“People only have until the end of August to leave their mark on the most important part of the house in this unique way,” said Sarah McLeod, CEO of WWPT, which purchased the house for £7million in March 2017 after a five-year campaign.
“These messages will last the test of time and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“The £24,000 the appeal has brought in since its launch in April 2018 has been a very welcome boost. We are hoping people who love this house will get behind the appeal in its final months and give it a final push.
“After August we begin a two-year restoration project on the roof over the East Front, using funding awarded from the Chancellor’s 2016 budget.”
Everyone leaving their message on the roof is following a tradition carried out by craftsmen for more than 200 years. Their hand-carved messages were discovered on roof beams last year and inspired the appeal.
Modern methods mean WWPT volunteers can now etch messages and dedications using a high-grade laser.
Already, slates have been sponsored by wedding couples, local families and businesses to commemorate anniversaries and in dedication to loved ones.
Everyone who places an order will receive a Wentworth Woodhouse mounted photograph of their personalised slate before it is placed on the roof as a memento.