After a visitor evaluation, plans for a new redevelopment at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park in Nottingham are underway.

The Nottingham landmark will receive a £1.3 million restoration of its museum and gardens after visitors said the hall was “greatly cherished but the galleries were looking tired and weren’t engaging”.

The project will therefore see transformations to three elements of the hall’s grounds, including the Natural History Museum, the walled gardens and the formal gardens.

Plans revealed that the transformation will begin with the Great Hall and both of the adjacent gallery rooms.

Funds and grants have already been secured and with the £1.3 million needed to complete the project, more are still currently being sought.

There are currently funds for the development from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund with other funding applications already in place for stage two of the development.

Because it is a phased approach, the hall will receive funds when each phase needs it; stage one expected to be completed by April 2020.

“it’s a very exciting time, so watch this space”
Rachael Evans

The project will see the current gallery space being doubled as they re-purpose empty spaces to make National History galleries, increasing the number of objects on display inside from 1500 to 15,000.

Rachael Evans, the museum developments manager for the project said “we will be making it an exciting, interactive experience for our visitors”, adding that “it’s a very exciting time, so watch this space”.

Wollaton Hall has been home to the city’s Natural History Museum since 1926 and contains various collections, including fossils, minerals and plants.

In 2017, Wollaton Hall hosted The Dinosaurs of China exhibition which saw 130,000 tourists visit Wollaton Hall over a 16-week period.

The restoration is expected to increase visitor figures and tourism in Nottinghamshire.

More about Wollaton Hall

  • The hall is an Elizabethan country house built in the 1580s.
  • It was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby.
  • Wollaton Hall starred as Wayne Manor in the batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Originally, the park was 790 acres but sales have reduced the park to 500 acres.