The restoration of the house
A £2.6 million restoration programme has recreated the look and feel of the house as it would have looked in the Edwardian era.
Sewerby Hall celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2014. The restoration was completed in August 2014 and was funded by a grant of just under £950,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), topped up by around £1.6m from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Using a series of images from 1910, the curator Janice Smith and her team, have been able to reproduce a stunning range of rooms across the whole house using furniture from the period loaned by the national collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the East Riding collection.
Janice says: “The refurbished house offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the house as it was around 1900. There are many more rooms open now than before the house closed, including an Edwardian nursery with period toys and games, and a restored working kitchen with a coal-fired range.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber says: “We are delighted to see the completion of this project, which represents a real boost for the local community and tourists alike – enabling people to experience what life at an English county house was like at the turn of the century. Sewerby Hall is a fine example of a Queen Anne/early Georgian country house and regionally and nationally significant. Now this wonderful heritage can be enjoyed by current and future generations.”
The house features new interactive experiences for visitors, including ‘My Sewerby’, a brand new memory wall which will be looking for contributions from visitors and 'A Servant’s Life'.
The house welcomes school parties with emphasis on a range of activities that will fit in with the national curriculum.
Visitors can also enjoy the greatly improved Clock Tower Cafe, the superb estate including the walled, rose and pleasure gardens and woodland walk, the zoo and the pitch and putt course, as well as the wonderful sea views.