Woburn Abbey Refurbishment Update
Woburn Abbey is undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it was first opened to the public in 1955. The historic family home is currently closed to visitors to undergo an exciting transformation project that will update the Abbey as a visitor attraction.
The refurbishment project is well underway despite the impact of Covid-19 on progress and the many inevitable new discoveries and complications that have come to light. Increased works has meant that the anticipated relaunch of the new Abbey Visitor Route will now take place in spring 2022, not 2021 as previously communicated. The extended works also mean that the Woburn Abbey Garden Show held in June each year has also been postponed; the next Woburn Abbey Garden Show will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022.
Despite this setback, much exciting work has already taken place such as the restoration of the architectural stonework in the basement, the reinstatement and refurbishments of internal and external windows, alteration works associated with the introduction of the new platform lift and the construction of the new entrance kiosk. Work has also continued on the re-construction of the South Screen Wall.
Some of the highlights of the conservation programme include work to 50 paintings, five large sculptures, three tapestries, three large sets of seat furniture, 11 clocks, four chandeliers and over 70 individual items of porcelain. Many more exciting conservation projects are underway or planned.
Meanwhile, many of Woburn’s treasures are on view at the Queen’s House, Greenwich. Featuring works by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Canaletto, this is the first time in over 70 years that pieces from Woburn's world famous private collection have been on public display in a national museum. The artworks hang alongside significant works from the renowned national collection of Royal Museums Greenwich.