Knole Unwrapped

In June, Al Oswald, Associate Teacher in Landscape Archaeology, will be leading the final day of a week of intensive training organised by the National Trust at Knole House in Kent.

The ambitious 5 year programme aims to equip a dozen volunteers each year with a wide range of conservation-related skills.

Knole was built as a residence for the medieval Archbishops of Canterbury and later lived in by successive generations of the Sackville family, famously including Vita Sackville-West.

As part of a project called 'Knole unwrapped', funded largely by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the palatial house is currently undergoing extensive research and conservation.

Al's ongoing field surveys have shed new light on the setting of the house, revealing important evidence for the supposedly lost medieval garden layout and discovering traces of a totally unsuspected prehistoric and Roman fieldscape in the surrounding deerpark.

Training organised by the National Trust at Knole House in Kent

Training organised by the National Trust at Knole House in Kent

Training organised by the National Trust at Knole House in Kent