The £7.4m, four-year project to restore Northumberland's 'party house'

The £7.4m, four-year project to restore Northumberland's 'party house'

18 July 2022

Architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s ‘s Seaton Delaval Hall, in Northumberland, was ravaged by fire exactly 200 years ago. The National Trust acquired the hall in 2009 after a massive fundraising effort, notably by the local community with the backing of a year-long campaign by The Journal.

Now, a major repair and restoration project titled The Curtain Rises has secured its survival. It has re-roofed the West Wing, restored the important cantilevered staircases, rescued the basement from dereliction, and introduced playful interpretation and features that tell the story of the Delavals who called the hall home.

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