Stowe in Buckinghamshire is a Georgian ducal palace, renowned for its beautiful landscape and for its school. It was shaped by the finest talents of the time, amongst them Sir John Vanbrugh, William Kent, Robert Adam and Sir John Soane. The restoration of this magnificent eighteenth-century mansion is one of the largest heritage projects ever undertaken in Britain.
Visit the Stowe film page to view video footage of the site.
Stowe featured on WMF’s Watch list in 2002 and 2004 because it was in need of immediate help. For two hundred years, time, nature and neglect had worn away at the stonework and the fine interiors. World Monuments Fund joined a private donor in a £10 million challenge to secure the future of Stowe House and enable much broader access. The mansion is the centrepiece of one of the most beautiful and complex historic landscapes in Britain as well as an inspiration for architects and designers all over the world. Our work has made the house increasingly accessible and better-known to a wider public.
Visit the Stowe image gallery to view photos of the site.
I was a [pupil] in the early 40s and I feel sure that the beauty of Stowe had an effect we were hardly aware of at the time, but nevertheless has been a profound influence ever since. This is why I was keen to help…
Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, a major donor to the overall restoration
Lat: 52.03099, Lon: -1.01858
Location: Near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire (20 miles north-east of Oxford)
Project dates: December 2004 – to present
WMF Britain project cost: Close to completing a £10 million target
Watch List: Stowe House was on WMF's Watch List in 2002 and 2004
Key Funders: The Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, an anonymous benefactor, The Paul Mellon Estate, Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation and many other generous donors