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Sulgrave Manor was thoroughly restored in 2018-20, thanks again to funding from both the UK and USA, the property is now well set-up to welcome visitors and play an active part in promoting values of tolerance and active citizenship.
The expense of maintaining, heating and lighting a large, listed, building is huge. We need to continue to conserve and care for our heritage assets: buildings, gardens and collections. This is an ongoing and costly process. We also plan to use these assets as a backdrop for an exciting new programme of activity, encouraging debate and what it means to be accepting of differences as we try to work together.
The COVID pandemic confirmed that we cannot solely rely on being a beautiful place to visit but must also reach out to audiences and share our story in new and innovative ways. The experience of living through this period has highlighted the need to support personal resilience and sense of empowerment to help us work together for a better society for all.
To ensure the future financial stability of Sulgrave Manor the Trust is hoping to build an endowment with the aim of raising £10 million by 2030.
We have four key priority areas for our funds.
1. Caring for and conserving the Manor is the Trust’s first charitable object. Rising energy costs will only increase the financial burden on the Trust and regular repairs and renewals are costly.
2. We want to restore Sulgrave’s Grade II listed gardens to include designs of Sir Reginald Blomfield, RA, from the early 1920s. We also want to showcase American plants and their impact on British Gardens. The Trust finances the gardens’ running costs, but our ambitions for new beds and borders, hedging and stonework, and equipment need donors’ support to implement.
3. Sulgrave’s Manor and gardens deserve to be preserved in their own right. But what matters most about Sulgrave is its unique story as George Washington’s ancestral home, and how he was shaped by the Washington family values passed down to him through the generations from Lawrence Washington at Sulgrave Manor. Sulgrave tells a story about America’s origins in the heart of a rural country made rich by wool production and trading in Tudor England.
We want to expand the stories we tell about the lives of Lawrence Washington and his descendants at Sulgrave from 1539, to John Washington who emigrated to Virginia in 1631 and to his great-grandson, George, who became the Republic’s first President.
Donors’ support will be vital in helping us share these stories with new diverse audiences.
4. We want to use our stories and collections to help visitors to think about the importance of the special relationship between America and Britain and why co-operation between different people is still so important in today’s world and for the future. We want to encourage debate about tolerance the challenges of understanding differences, and about working together to help us all to play full and active roles in our own communities.
By continuing to invest in our property and collections we will ensure access for future generations and a base for a varied programme of activities for a wide range of audiences.
Given the globally challenging times and a sense of divided societies in both the US and the UK, it seems timely that we should seek to place more emphasis on our role as the home of the Special Relationship and play a part in helping to bring people together, highlighting shared values and cultures and investigating our differences to promote tolerance, challenge perceptions and enhance collaboration.
If you would like to discuss endowment giving please contact Alison Ray, CEO by clicking here.